Here’s Why A St. Louis Landmark Will Go Dark from May 1
One of the most famous landmarks in St. Louis goes dark for the bird migration season from May 1st to May 14th. This emerges from a press release from the National Park Service.
“Our feathered friends are flying home after spending the winter months in the south,” said Tarona Armstrong, assistant superintendent of Gateway Arch National Park, in the press release on the outside of Gateway Arch to avoid the potential disorientation effects of night-migratory birds. “
I wondered if this would be a better time to go to the Gateway Arch or if it could be a nuisance. It turns out that it really doesn’t matter. The Arch is only open until 6:00 p.m. CDT until Memorial Day. So it’s not like you can ride the tram up and look down at a lit St. Louis.
A view of St. Louis lit up from Gateway Arch at night isn’t really something to do any time of the year. When I looked at their photo gallery I didn’t see any night shots from the top of Gateway Arch. It could be that the arch closes at 8:00 p.m. CDT even in the summer and it’s still light.
Or maybe there is a simpler explanation: The Gateway Arch itself is the more interesting photogenic subject and doesn’t look down on St. Louis. It is more interesting to tell people that you took the tram to the top of the arch and that you can go to the top of the arch than what you can see from it.
If that’s the case and you want to get a great photo of the Gateway Arch lit up at night, then you might not want to go to St. Louis until after May 15th. That night the arch will be illuminated again.