About Malcolm W. Martin:
- Born in St. Louis in 1912.
- Served in World War II.
- After doing his duty in the war, he got involved in civil rights cases and with the city of St. Louis.
- He was one of the founders of KETC Channel 9, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.
- Served on many notable boards in St. Louis as well as the country, including Council on Foreign Relations.
- His mission was to expand the Jefferson Memorial Expansion Park to the 'east side', purchasing 30 acres of land (where the park is now).
The MWM Memorial Park:
- Ground was broken on September 16, 2006, and opened in 2008
- The platform is 40 feet high above ground.
- Serves as a way of viewing the Mississippi River, the Gateway Geyser and the St. Louis skyline in the best kind of way.
- The statue of Malcolm W. Martin himself, sits atop the platform as a way for him to gaze at the views, which he always dreamed of would happen. He died before the park (mostly the platform) was completed, in 2004 (age 91).
- You can view a live video feed of the top of the ramp as well as the St. Louis skyline here from the park's official website!
The Gateway Geyser:
- It is the tallest fountain in the Americas (at 630 ft)
- It is the second tallest fountain in the world, after King Fahd's Fountain in Saudi Arabia (that one is 853 ft tall!).
- From April 15 to October 15 of each year, the fountain is in operation (with weather as an exception at times)
- Considered a counterpart to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, which, if viewed in the right angle, can be seen cutting halfway between the Arch!
- Goes off at scheduled times of the day, at noon, 3pm and 6pm
- Three 800 horsepower pumps the fountain, with 8,000 gallons of water erupting a minute!
- The fountain, inspired by Martin's likeness of a similar fountain in Geneva, Switzerland, was completed in 1995.
|A view of the Gateway Geyser in East St. Louis|
|A closer view of the Gateway Geyser from the Casino Queen parking lot (7/4/2014). This was shortly after 5pm.|
Gateway Geyser Wikipedia link
Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park on FB
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