It’s headed for St. Louis, an arch to the sky;
A Gateway to the West, 630 feet high.
A hundred generations will see what you’ve made
Risin’ on the Mississippi with glory and grace.
— “An American Dream” by Ike Erdman and David Bush
Retired welder Ike Erdmann is proud of the work that he and nearly 300 Pennsylvania boilermakers did on the Gateway Arch 50 years ago, so he wrote and recorded a song about them.