East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Gateway Geyser
One of the tallest fountains in the world, the Gateway Geyser began operating on May 27, 1995, helping to fulfill Malcolm W. Martin's vision of creating a landmark in East St. Louis that would complement the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Geyser was established with the help of the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis, a non-profit group founded by Martin whose members raised $4 million in private donations to fully fund the geyser's development.
By the Numbers
Powered by three 800-horsepower pumps, the Gateway Geyser can blast 8,000 gallons of water a minute.
Each eruption of the Gateway Geyser lasts approximately 15 minutes.
When the wind is less than 4 mph, the Gateway Geyser reaches a maximum height of 600 feet into the sky, matching the height of the Gateway Arch.
Four smaller fountains that erupt 100 feet into the air surround the main geyser, symbolizing the Mississippi, Missouri, Meramec and Illinois Rivers.
Erected by Gateway Foundation of Metropolitan
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 27, 1995.
Location. 38° 37.346′ N, 90° 10.295′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on West Trendley Avenue west of South Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 185 West Trendley Avenue, East Saint Louis IL 62201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mississippi River Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); S. 4th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. 0.4 miles away); East St. Louis Race Massacre, July 1917 (approx. half a mile away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. half a mile away); York (approx. half a mile away); S. 5th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. half a mile away); S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.