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from the photoset Dia de los Muertos - Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Flickr.com
40 years ago today, the final piece was inserted into the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
Though the Gateway Arch quickly became one of the nation’s most recognizable symbols, it is still “Papa’s Arch” to the children and grandchildren of Bill Quigley, the crane operator who placed the final section that day. Quigley, who died in 2003, used to joke that if he had dropped that 10-ton section, everyone would have remembered his name, says his wife, Mary Ann Quigley of O’Fallon, Mo.
from the Post-Dispatch article by Mary Delach Leonard
Eero Saarinen, the Arch's architect, died before the first foundations were poured. His daughter Susan Saarinen, a landscape architect in Colorado, plans to attend the anniversary ceremonies today in St. Louis.
Read about the Arch's history and ways to celebrate in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Bay Area Pumpkin Festival photoset on Flickr.com
The photographer says:
Many of the traditions we follow in the USA for Halloween come straight from Celtic beliefs and practices handed down from ancient times to today.
The Celts believed that the veil between this world and the "other world" was thinnest during the festival of Samhain, now known as Halloween. It was a fire festival, and sacred bonfires were lit on the top of high hills, like Arthur's Seat, during this time.
The Celts believed that the souls of the dead could return to this world during Samhain, because the border between life and death became permeable at this dark time of year.
The Celtic tradition of carving scary images into turnips was an effort to ward off any evil spirits travelling the land when the veil was lifted. In the United States, the pumpkin was substituted for the traditional Celtic turnip.