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Historic black and white photo of the Iron Riders traveling across an open field. Image provided by National Park Service.
February 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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“Iron Riders” | Living history demonstration (FREE)

Iron Riders were a small group of men who branched from the Buffalo Soldiers, which was a regiment in the United States Army made up of African American men. In 1897 this group of 23 men journeyed nearly 2,000 miles from Missoula, Montana to St. Louis on bicycles. Reenactor Kevin Smith from Missouri State Parks will give visitors a 1st person account of the trials and triumphs of this unique experience in honor of Black History Month.

The program is free of charge and will take place in the education classroom, which is the glass-walled room behind the Explore St. Louis desk at the base of the stairs after security.

Where: Gateway Arch National Park, Education classroom
When: Saturday, February 10th
Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Bring your friends and family for a day filled with education, inspiration, and the chance to connect with the remarkable stories of the Buffalo Soldiers. Let’s celebrate diversity, resilience, and the shared heritage that unites us all! For more information visit the park website. Upcoming Events and Programs – Gateway Arch National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (

Learn more about the Iron Riders:

Soldiers on Two Wheels

Historic black and white photo of the Iron Riders posing for a photo with their bicycles on the side of a rock formation. Image provided by National Park Service.