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Birthday Celebration for Inventor of the Tram, Dick Bowser
All celebratory events are free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, September 15.
Arch Tram Mechanics Guest Speaker Event: 1-2 p.m.
Gather in the Tram Lobby, located on the lower level of the Arch facility, to hear firsthand accounts from three tram mechanics about their work on the tram ride. Harry Breitenstein was trained into the job by Bowser himself and worked closely with him for many years. Later, Roger Smith succeeded Breitenstein as maintenance supervisor. They will be joined by current Tram Supervisor Kirk Lofland in discussing maintaining the Tram Ride to the Top and other stories from their experiences.
Ranger Talks: times to be determined
Park rangers will be on hand to share more about Bowser and the Tram Ride to the Top at several Ranger Talks throughout the day. These chats will last between 15-20 minutes. Please check with the Information Desk in the Arch Visitor Center about talk times.
Tram Stories Short Film: all day in the Tucker Theater
Before watching the award-winning documentary movie “Monument to the Dream,” which chronicles the construction of the Gateway Arch, catch a short film featuring Roger Smith and Terry Diblasi, retired tram mechanics, discussing their experiences working on the Arch tram system.
Bowser Birthday Button Coloring Station: all day
Kids are invited to color a commemorative button that celebrates Bowser’s 101st birthday, which they can also take home as a souvenir (while supplies last). The button station will be located near the giant video screens on the lower level of the Arch facility.
Free Cupcakes at the Arch Café: while supplies last
Visit the Arch Café, located on the lower level of the Arch facility, for a free mini birthday cupcake in honor of Bowser.
Discount on the “Cable Arch” at The Arch Store: all day
Own a piece of the Gateway Arch! The Arch Store, located in the lower level of the Arch facility, will offer a 25% off discount on both the small and large sizes of the popular “Cable Arch” gift. It is made from the tram cable used to transport visitors to the top of the Arch.
Selfie Station: all day
Mark the occasion with a photo op at the replica tram car in the Arch Visitor Center! Smile for a selfie with a cut-out of Bowser, and pose in front of the replica tram, which will be festively decorated in honor of Bowser’s birthday.