My Father Helped Build the St Louis, Mo Arch

United States
October 30, 2022 7:38am CST
And here are some stunning photos from the building many years ago. I remember how hard Dad worked to do any job he set his mind to. It was nice to be able to remember by seeing this article. I had been up inside of the arch one time years ago. The view was incredible. Rest in Peace Dad and thank you for all you did for your family. Is there anything remember your Father doing for a job or otherwise that sticks out in memory?
Though it's now impossible to picture the city's skyline without the Gateway Arch, it is easy to take for granted what an incredible feat it was to get it standing proud and tall in the first place. So we culled through the archives at the State Historical
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@LadyDuck (417496)
• Switzerland
30 Oct
Those are incredible photos. It was a very hard and dangerous job.
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• United States
30 Oct
Yes and since he was not an iron worker, (Union workers), he was also a bit outcast Anna. So going to work on this thing each day, was a risk in itself, if you understand me. Could be dangerous.
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• United States
30 Oct
@LadyDuck Yes I would not be able for it either..I am no good with heights.
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@LadyDuck (417496)
• Switzerland
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Simply looking at those workers made me sick, I suffer of vertigo.
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@Beestring (8733)
• Hong Kong
30 Oct
That is a great Arch. My Dad passed when I was only 11. All I remember is he was a secondary school teacher, well liked by his students. His students always came to our home to visit him.
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• United States
30 Oct
A teacher is such a memorable person. A great teacher is remembered forever by his students. I am sorry your Dad passed away for you at such a young age M. RIP
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@Beestring (8733)
• Hong Kong
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Thank you for your kind words.
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• United States
30 Oct
@Beestring You are always so welcome M.
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@BarBaraPrz (39364)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Oct
My father was a polymath... he could do anything he set his mind to. Unfortunately, a brain tumor ended his life at 50.
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@BarBaraPrz (39364)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Thanks. That was 56 years ago...
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• United States
30 Oct
@BarBaraPrz A long time, but the heart does not forget
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• United States
30 Oct
I am sorry to know this Barbara..that must have been so devastating to you RIP your dear Dad. Polymath..a new word for me.
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@allknowing (107989)
• India
30 Oct
Getting up there was no easy task My father designed buildings and our ancestral home was one such. He was not a professional architect and I suppose those days there were no such courses.
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@allknowing (107989)
• India
31 Oct
@RebeccasFarm This is the ancestral home my father designed. It is now over 80 years old
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• United States
31 Oct
He did did he? A wonderful architect he was then Always Smiling. Bless him and RIP
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@Treborika (2895)
• Mombasa, Kenya
31 Oct
@allknowing Still up and in good condition
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@RasmaSandra (59765)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
31 Oct
That is a wonderful story and how exciting that your dad helped with the building of the arch. A very proud memory for you. Well, my dad's claim to fame, of course, was being a popular Latvian poet and writer. It is too bad he never got any poems translated, but I have quite a few articles written about him and his poetry and other things that I have to rework and post on Vocal Media.
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• United States
31 Oct
@RasmaSandra That is such a precious gift he gave to you..I know you will also see him again one fine day
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• United States
31 Oct
Really Sandra? Now that is amazing about your Father. RIP I would love to read some of his poems too. So you take after him also
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@RasmaSandra (59765)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
31 Oct
@RebeccasFarm that is why I always wished I could have known him as an adult, but I was only ten when he passed on. When he saw I was interested in poetry when I was eight writing little verses in Latvian and English he bought me a book of children's poems, which I still have today.
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@aninditasen (11267)
• Raurkela, India
30 Oct
That's a beautiful arch. My father worked hard too and a did lot for his family.
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• United States
30 Oct
I am sure he did bless your dear Father. RIP
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@snowy22315 (146429)
• United States
30 Oct
Great pics. I have been alot of places, but never to St. Louis. My ex went to Washington Univ though, and knew his way around the city quite well. How far is St. Louis from Branson? I would love to go up in the arch. My day was a milkman when I was young, and had to get up soooo early. Plus it was frigid in that part of the world. He was a very hard worker. Later on he sold restaurant supplies, which was a much cushier existence.
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@snowy22315 (146429)
• United States
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Yeah, I am sure it was rough, but he never complained. He's a morning person and was cheerful even at that hour. He also had a real estate license but I don't think he ever sold a house, and owned a gas station and intially a restaurant with my uncle.
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• United States
31 Oct
@snowy22315 A good man bless him
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• United States
30 Oct
Oh your dear Dad..a milkman..yes up before the birds and the cold I understand Snowy. Its around 250 miles to Branson..we used to go there all around there when we were kids.
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@koopharper (7348)
• Canada
30 Oct
That's cool. My Dad helped build the St. Lawrence Seaway and the control dam above Niagara Falls.
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• Canada
31 Oct
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• United States
31 Oct
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• United States
31 Oct
Oh now that is even cool too Koop
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@Juliaacv (72995)
• Canada
30 Oct
May your dear Dad RIP. Those are some amazing photos of the construction, he must have been a very dedicated worker to work so high up like that.
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• United States
30 Oct
He must have. I remember him coming home with his hard hat and lunch box. I was then only around 6 or 7 maybe.
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• United States
31 Oct
@Juliaacv Yes they are
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@Juliaacv (72995)
• Canada
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm I think that our oldest memories are often our fondest.
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@Tampa_girl7 (48719)
• United States
23 Nov
That’s really cool that your dad helped to build the arch. I’ll check the pics out.
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• United States
25 Nov
Hi Marie my friend I hope you and family had a nice Thanksgiving
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• United States
27 Nov
@Tampa_girl7 Not bad thanks Marie
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@Tampa_girl7 (48719)
• United States
25 Nov
@RebeccasFarm it was a quiet and relaxing day at home. I hope yours was good too.
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@cacay1 (77133)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
31 Oct
Your dad was a hero a role model in your place. Was he an architect? My dad was a military official.
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• United States
31 Oct
No he was not, he was a laborer Erly for this project but he also worked in hospitals in a professional position later. Oh he was your Dad? RIP..very important in the military..something to be proud.
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@cacay1 (77133)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
2 Nov
@RebeccasFarm thank you for the update my friend. My dad was a retired military official. I always miss him
@Ronrybs (17097)
• London, England
30 Oct
Wow! You wouldn't get me up there without a safety line. I did wonder, a little, how it was built
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• United States
31 Oct
@Ronrybs What did your Dad do if you want to say?
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• United States
30 Oct
Yes he was working with the iron workers (unionized) and it was quite dangerous Ron.
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@Ronrybs (17097)
• London, England
31 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Yeah! You wouldn't get me up there
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@Kandae11 (49176)
31 Oct
What a wonderful long lasting memory. That arch will be there for a very long time. I can tell from the photo you shared of you and your dad that you really loved him and he you. He was also a rather handsome man.
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• United States
31 Oct
You remember him by photo Kandase thank you for sharing this with me
• United States
31 Oct
@Kandae11 Ill have to find it..here it is Kandase
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@Kandae11 (49176)
31 Oct
@RebeccasFarm. You should post the picture again
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@dya80dya (27452)
30 Oct
My father works a lot. I appreciate his work.
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• United States
30 Oct
Yes he takes care of you there at least thanks Diana.
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• United States
30 Oct
@dya80dya Oh yes at least you do Diana..I so miss my parents
@dya80dya (27452)
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Yes. I am glad that I still have my parents.
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@much2say (49050)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Oct
Wow, your dad was a part of that!! My dad was a hard worker too - once he had his mind and hands on it, he was sure to do his very best.
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@much2say (49050)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Oct
@RebeccasFarm Thank you . . . now it is "was". 3 days ago .
• United States
30 Oct
Your Father is a great man I am sure of it Much.
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@jstory07 (125385)
• Roseburg, Oregon
31 Oct
Those re nice pictures of the Gateway Arch.
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• United States
31 Oct
I would never have been so brave to build that thing..I have been up in it once.
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
31 Oct
That's an incredible construction. I have some of my Dad's woodwork including some bar stools.
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• United States
31 Oct
Oh he was a carpenter was he Judy?
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@JudyEv (294431)
• Rockingham, Australia
1 Nov
@RebeccasFarm No, he was a farmer but he liked working with wood.
@andriaperry (115832)
• Anniston, Alabama
31 Oct
My dad helped build most of this town. It's wonderful knowing that our dads did this
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• United States
31 Oct
It sure is..good strong men Angie..glad to hear it RIP
@Neil43 (2259)
31 Oct
Wow! Your dad's legacy!
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• United States
31 Oct
Yes Neil..he was a love
@Treborika (2895)
• Mombasa, Kenya
31 Oct
I hope you had a very caring and loving father. However may God rest his soul in eternal peace
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• United States
31 Oct
Yes thank you Trebor..he is always with me.