Photos: Fifty Years After Gateway Arch Construction Began, A Look Back At Its Creation

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On February 12, 1963, construction began on the Gateway Arch, launching the two-and-a-half year, $13 million build-out of the tallest national monument in the country. In honor of the anniversary this week, we've assembled historic photos below.

Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, here are some shots of the monument's creation half a century ago -- brought to you as officials today are making plans for the site's redevelopment.

Workers on the Arch leg in the 1960s. More photos below. - NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, JEFFERSON NATIONAL EXPANSION MEMORIAL
The first stainless steel section put in place on February 12, 1963 - VIA FACEBOOK
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