Friday, October 28, 2005

Gateway Arch - 40 years

Flared Arch
Originally uploaded by Phinzup.

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.

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