Trade Center Started as Men of Iron Install Steel

August 7, 1968 ·

A gang of sweating; straining workmen guided a 34-ton hunk of steel gently and precisely onto a concrete slab in Lower Manhattan yesterday, beginning a work that will eventually take them onto narrow girders 1,350 feet in the air as they erect the world’s tallest buildings–the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

It is the ongoing. process of the men who “set. steel,” who walk the girders to push new girders into the air so that those who follow can, fill the space with the amenities that make office buildings and apartment houses.

To work in the vanguard of the hundreds of men who build a skyscraper takes strong arms, quick coordination and a good deal of nerve.

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