Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Q & A

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Q & A

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I am 12 years-old and I was wondering.... If the Arch is made out of stainless steel, why is there a big stain on the north side of the Arch towards the top? Frank Mudro, St. Louis.

A number of panels on the Gateway Arch have discolored since workmen topped off the structure in 1965. Taking some cleanser to them isn't so easy though, say officials with the National Park Service. The panels are impossible to reach without erecting expensive scaffolding. The Park Service is hoping to find enough money for a chemical analysis that will pinpoint the cause of the staining.

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What was the smallest paying attendance for a major league game, whether it be the Cardinals or Browns - new or old ballpark? Mel Heinkel, St. Louis

Only 238 fans showed for a game on a rainy day in 1932 at old Sportsman's Park between the Browns and the Red Sox. (The exact date can't be pinned down.) A staffer asked Browns owner Philip deCatsby Ball to call off the game and schedule a doubleheader. Replied Ball, "I'm here and my friends are here so open the gates."

Phil Troy, the traveling secretary for the Red Sox, said his team's share of the gate amounted to $27.50. "We spent more money than that on foul balls at batting practice," he said.

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I heard there are many caves in St. Louis. Are any of them open to the public? Also, how many are there? K. Brehle, St. Louis

At least 148 caves can be found in St. Louis and St. Louis County but staffers at the the state Department of Natural Resources say they know of none that are open to the public. The cave in Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County was closed last year after six people drowned during a flash flood in July. DNR officials recommend that if a cave is on private property, you might investigate who owns it and request a visit. If it is located on public property, call the park department that oversees the land.

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