Gateway Arch and Edwardsville High School among two local venues taking part
Seven acres of green space and walkways will replace gray concrete and steel edifice.
Pilot identified as 52-year-old Ronald Scott Rector of Linn, Mo.
Some artifacts going to other museums, some to a giant limestone cave.
Will make way for new, interactive museum to open in 2017.
The monument’s Museum of Westward Expansion is closing Tuesday. It had been a free attraction at the Arch and welcomed walk-in visitors.
On the St. Louis Arch grounds this morning, men with bulldozers and chainsaws began tearing down hundreds of ash trees that line the walkways.
The removal of more than 1,000 trees on the grounds of the Gateway Arch is about to begin.
After waiting three days due to rain, an engineering team rappels down the north leg of the Arch to collect samples of stains.
Monument restoration expert Steve Kelley and his crew are in town this week, and he says the Arch has a lot of blemishes that can’t be seen from the ground.