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Try surfing for the home page for Iron Workers Union Local & National.
Peter  De Vere
JSC, Houston

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Meyer [mailto:PMeyer(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 15:53
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Topping out steel structures with a tree

I've been asked why ironworkers place an evergreen (Xmas?) tree at the top
of a steel structure once the final erection is completed.  Any folklorists
out there?  My copy of "Steel Beams and Iron Men" just says that no one
knows how the tradition got started.  Surely someone must know?  I have a
niece counting on me for this.

Paul Meyer, P. Eng. 
Senior Structural Engineer