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Posted by Tom Klemens on April 1, 2011 at 9:35 AM.
The completed first phase of the Ironworkers Walk of Fame monument, located in Mackinaw City, Mich., features a seven-ft sculpture constructed out of more than 3,000 ironworker tools and components donated by ironworkers from across the U.S. and Canada. Designed and sculpted by Thomas Moran, the figure portrays an ironworker throwing a rivet. Click on the photo for a different view.
Spring has arrived - the snow has finally melted across the northern tier, birds are chirping, and summer is just around the corner - which means it’s not too early to start planning your summer vacation. How about a road trip this year? One of the most naturally beautiful and serene places to visit in the northern U.S. during the summertime is Mackinaw City, Mich. It’s rich with historical charm and is now home of the Ironworkers Walk of Fame, which commemorates and celebrates the legends and stories of ironworkers and Mackinac Bridgemen from North America. The Walk of Fame is located at the south end of the Mackinac Bridge, which opened in 1957 and today is the third longest suspension bridge in the world.
The ironworker character is the first completed stage of several sculptures being built as part of the monument. It was unveiled at the first annual Ironworkers Walk of Fame inductee event last August. Visit www.walkofiron.com for more detailed information about the construction of the Ironworkers Walk of Fame. There also is a Facebook fan page you can visit by clicking here.
This year August 12-14 would be an ideal time to check out the Ironworkers Hall of Fame as it’s also when the annual International Ironworkers Festival is happening in Mackinaw City. Visit the event website here for more information.
Incidentally, the Mackinac Bridge was an AISC Prize Bridge award winner in 1958. To see a photo of the Mighty Mac from that era, click here. You can vote for it in this year’s Prize Bridge competition - click to see the Prize Bridge map or go right to the Prize Bridge ballot.