Touring Around St. Louis!!

Today was pretty eventful and exciting! We started out the day going to the Old St. Louis Courthouse, which was awesome. I love going to old places and learning about their history. The building was really big and pretty with a domed top. I loved all of the old architecture it had. Also, right when you walk in and get into the middle they have a huge American flag hanging and beautiful paintings on the ceiling. We toured around the courthouse for a little bit and saw all of their old court rooms (there was only two but it was still very cool). The staircase to go up was very old and pretty. The only thing I wish the courthouse had was air conditioning. Oh man it was so hot and stuffy. I am definitely not use to this weather it was in the high 80’s but with 80% humidity. I felt like I was melting.


Here are a couple photos of the American Flag and paintings on the ceiling.



Some awesome pictures of the courtrooms!


Above is a picture of Kailee and I with one of the props at the courthouse. It’s kind of like a photo booth and I love photo booths so it was a must!

After the courthouse we went to the St. Louis Arch and went on a riverboat tour. The arch was AMAZING!! The riverboat tour not so much. There was not that much to see on the riverboat tour but the arch had an awesome view. I was nervous riding up the little elevator (and I mean little!) for the arch but it was definitely worth it. IMG_7326

A picture of the arch otherwise known as the gateway to the west.

FUNFACT: it is 630ft tall (63 stories) and it was built on February 12th, 1963 and completed October 28th 1965 and during the making of the arch no one was injured or died.

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The picture to the left is the view from the arch and that building in the middle with the blueish dome is the Courthouse and the picture to the right is looking directly down from the arch.

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Just some pictures of me at the top of the arch!


This is the little elevator to go up the arch (I told you it was little) and it looks like a toilet but there are five seats in it.

Lastly, we went to the Monsanto Research Facility. To be honest I did not know what it was before I went, so I was in for a shock. It was very interesting and I learned a lot of information. Monsanto is an agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology cooperation. They genetically engine seeds to protect the plant against insects and to improve farm productivity. The facility was huge! We toured all over. We saw the machine they use to shave the seeds to get the genes from them so they can genetically modify them. We also went into one of their green houses and for the first time I saw cotton actually being grown. It was pretty cool. They also have these little rooms that look like they would be refrigerators but they can set the temperature to mimic any weather from anywhere in the world. We saw one that was like Brazil. It was cool. The facility was so awesome. They have so much equipment and such talented people working there.


This is a picture of the entire group that is on the tour in front of the Monsanto Research Center!

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Above is the entrance to the building!


This is the machine used to shave the soybeans.

FUN FACT: seeds have embryos!

There is just soo much to say about today! I am so glad I got to go on this tour. I really enjoyed learning about Monsanto and how they work. Also, to see there facility which was huge! I can’t wait for the rest of this week and all the other facilities we are going to visit. I will be posting more FUN FACTS into my blogs from what I learned that day. I hope you enjoy!



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