Historical

Take a look back at history's greatest construction feats. From historic buildings and bridges, to antique equipment, to uncovered artifacts, the industry as it once was still makes an impact on construction today.

A look back at contractors building up New England infrastructure.

Here is a look at a selection of historical mini and compact equipment. All images were taken at Annual Conventions and Old Equipment Expositions of the Historical Construction Equipment Association.

As the owner of Main Street Museum in Owensville, Mo., developer John Paul Quick has collected an assortment of antique treasures, ranging from Rudolph Valentino's 1901 Pullman car to a 50-ft. fully functioning Ferris wheel. When he heard about the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)'s free bridge giveaway, it was an offer he couldn't refuse.

Boston-area merchants in the early 19th century wanted to transport goods directly west but couldn't, while Western Massachusetts and upper New York state travelers were stymied in their travels east. What was the common barrier? The Hoosac Mountain, a 16-mi.-long spur of Vermont's Green Mountains.

The Cardi Corporation of Warwick, R.I., celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The highly successful firm was founded in 1968. It is the largest highway heavy civil contractor in R.I. as well as one of the largest in New England. Cardi Corp. was ranked 294 on the ENR list of top 400 contractors in 2018.

ASCUTNEY, Vt. (AP) A symbol of progress overtaking the state's agricultural past — a tree that once shaded a farm now largely buried beneath Interstate 91 — is dying and must be cut down. People in the Ascutney neighborhood in the Connecticut River town of Weathersfield and the state of Vermont are looking for a way to commemorate the legacy of Romaine Tenney, the whiskered, overall-wearing man who farmed with horses, hayed with a pitchfork, lived without electricity and refused to drive or sell his land to the state.

The Rogers Bros. Corporation is in its 114 year of manufacturing trailers. Today, company president, Jay Kulyk, is a 4th generation member of the Rogers family. The company was founded in 1905 at Albion, Pa., by his maternal great-grandfather, Louis Rogers with two brothers, Charles and Hugh.

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.

J. F. White Contracting Company of Framingham, Mass., was founded in 1924 by Joseph F. White Sr. specializing in foundation excavation and hauling. When White's sons, Tom, Joe Jr. and John returned from WWII they joined the firm and it grew into one of the largest highway heavy civil construction companies in Boston, Mass.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is planning to replace four bridges, three of which have been determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. For various reasons, preservation in place of these structures is not feasible.

A long-abandoned department store is undergoing a dramatic transformation in Birmingham, Ala. Once complete, the faded structure found at the intersection of Second Avenue North and 18th Street will house almost four dozen condominiums and be christened New Ideal Lofts.