It was a job, a paycheck they told me. Welders were making about $2.81 an hour, a decent wage in the 1960s. The PDM workers in Warren, Pennsylvania, built the body of the Arch in sections, and then shipped it to St. Louis, not knowing exactly what the sections were for.
“Why does St. Louis need an arch?” a welder asked his supervisor.
“They don’t need one, but they’re putting it on their riverfront. They are known as the 'Gateway to the West.'”
The welder replied, “They’ve been there for 200 hundred years. Why do they need it now?” Read more »