Construction Equipment Guide takes a look back at some of the earliest paving equipment.

Construction Equipment Guide looks back at backhoes from the 1950's.

A look at cranes from the past courtesy of the Historical Construction Equipment Association.

The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) held its annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition Sept. 13 to 15. The event, which is conducted at various locations throughout the United States and Canada, returned to the association's headquarters facility in Bowling Green, Ohio, for 2019.

President Ted Valpey's operational 1928 Wilford Universal power shovel. Northeast Rockbusters, the New England chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA), hosted its annual Antique Construction Equipment Show in Concord, N.H., Aug.

Slattery Contracting Corp. of Maspeth, N.Y., was awarded Connecticut Turnpike Contract No. 302- 02 in Greenwich, Conn. for $7,269,353. The project began at the N.Y. state line and extended east for 3.8 mi. Excavation included 805,00 cu. yds. of solid rock to drill, shatter and move.

Clement Brothers Company Inc. of Hickory, N.C., held a $15.4 million contract to construct the Corps of Engineers Carter Dam Project in Murry County, Ga. The dam is 445 ft. high, then the highest dam east of the Mississippi River, and 2,050 ft. long. The dam was built on the Coosawattee River.

Working to preserve the history of the construction equipment that shaped our world . . . The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries.

The loader-backhoe is still one of the most popular and visible of all types of construction machines. It reigned as the mainstay of mechanized utility work over some two-and-a-half decades after first finding popularity in the 1950s. With the advent of mini-excavators, increased popularity of skid steer loaders, and an abundance of companies making compact-sized machines, the loader-backhoe still survives.

While Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association's Annual Threshermen's Reunion — Aug. 16 to 19, 2017 in Kinzers, Pa. — is usually known for its steam engines, early gas tractors and threshing demonstrations, there is much greater diversity at this show than some people realize.

The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) held its convention and old equipment exposition at the association's National Construction Equipment Museum, located at 16623 Liberty Hi Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, on Sept. 16 to 18. The event is held annually at a different location in the United States or Canada and brings together members, exhibitors, merchandise retailers and a wide range of restored antique construction equipment on display and at work.