Itinerary Available for Historic Boilermaker Arch Visit

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Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers will be on hand at the Gateway Arch this week to welcome a contingent of 12 men who helped build the Arch segments nearly 50 years ago. The men were part of a larger Boilermaker workforce that crafted the sections in Warren, Pa., for shipment by rail to St. Louis. This will be the first time some of these men have seen the finished monument. The group will make the 700-mile trip from Warren on Nov. 14 and tour the Arch Nov. 15 and 16.

Nearly a half century ago, young men working as Boilermakers in Warren, Pa., crafted steel sections that would form the Gateway Arch. A contingent of 12 of these men, now in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, will travel over 700 miles to St. Louis to see the monument -- some for their first time. National Park Service officials and representatives of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers will be on hand to welcome them and to document their contributions, which have largely gone unnoticed.

About 80 percent of the Arch sections were constructed by Boilermaker Local 659 members at the Pittsburgh-Des Moines steel fabrication plant in Warren. The base sections were constructed at a separate PDM facility, at Neville Island, Pa.

The Boilermaker contingent will tour the Arch Nov. 15 and 16. Archivists from the National Park Service and the Boilermakers union will capture the event and will conduct interviews.

The media is welcome to participate in this historic event.

A full itinerary and the original press release are attached.

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