Around 8:45 p.m. on Saturday night, a power outage occurred in St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch, stranding the sightseers inside for about two hours. About 180 people were trapped inside the arch which is about 630 feet tall. Two trams containing about 40 people each and about 100 people were stranded at the top of the structure.

Evacuation of the monument took two hours. The south tram may have had one of its nine cables broken. Many used the stairs to get down from the north tram until power was restored. Two people were treated, one who needed oxygen and another was diabetic. Those inside were greeted by relatives waiting outside for their loved ones to be rescued.

The Arch reopened on Sunday with north tram service only.

The Gateway Arch opened in 1966 by the National Park Service. It is the tallest monument in the United States. It took over two years to construct the Arch. The 630-foot-tall structure is operated by the National Park Service and opened in 1966. It is shaped in a catenary curve, considered the most structurally-sound arch shape. The legs of the arch span 630 feet, the same as its height. The north leg displays photos and information about the contstruction of the Arch. The south leg displays life along the St. Louis river in the 1800s. The trams have been operating for 30 years and have carried over 25 million passengers through the arch. There are eight cars that go to the top of the Arch from each leg. Each tram seats five people and leave every 10 minutes. Passengers take a four minute, four mile per hour narrated trip to the indoor Gateway Arch Observation Area.

For related articles visit http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/22/trapped.arch.ap/index.html, http://www.gatewayarch.com/Arch/info/arch.fact.aspx, and http://www.gatewayarch.com/Arch/info/arch.top.aspx.

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