Historical Construction Projects

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.



Looking Back: Cranes of Yesteryear

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


VDOT Archaeologist Helped Uncover 'Witch Bottle' From I-64 Work Site

Prior to joining the Virginia Department of Transportation in March 2019, Chris Shephard, the agency's Richmond District archaeologist, made a "bewitching" discovery during the Interstate 64 widening project....


Character Being Restored to Historic 19th Century Building in Birmingham, Ga.

Atlanta-based Engineering Design Technologies (EDT) currently is hard at work renovating one of downtown Birmingham's oldest existing buildings. The three-story Taylor Building is located on the edge of the city's historic theater and retail district along 19th Street North....


Historic 1800s Building Comes Down Amid Safety Concerns in Oxford, Miss.

When Tim Smith bought a run-down building on the Oxford city square, he planned to tear it down to make way for a new restaurant. The Courthouse Square Preservation Commission denied permission to demolish the nineteenth-century structure, however, forcing Smith to alter his plans....


Remembering Our Past The Advent of the Modern-Day Skid Steer

In 1958, Louis Keller drove his truck into the barnyard of western Minnesota turkey farmer John Sonstegard. He entered the building where Sonstegard was working and told the farmer he had a machine outside that would efficiently clean his manure-laden barns....


Historic Day as 750,000th Backhoe Rolls Off JCB Production Line

JCB celebrated a unique milestone as its 750,000th backhoe loader rolled off the production line in Rocester, Staffordshire — the very location where the first JCB backhoe was manufactured almost 70 years ago....


Women in Transportation History: Luella Bates, Truckdriver

Luella Bates of Wisconsin played an influential role in the history of trucks during a time when those vehicles — still in an early stage of development and use in the United States — were widely seen as contraptions that should be operated only by men....


Despite Long Name, This Week-Long Event Was Successful

May 22, 1920 was the final day of the National Ship by Truck-Good Roads Week in the United States took place. The week had been coordinated by the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company as part of its ongoing and ambitious efforts to promote the short-haul shipping benefits of trucks and — in a priority shared by such other organizations at the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) — emphasize the need for improved highways nationwide....


Looking Back: Hydraulic Excavators

Take a look back at some of the original hydraulic excavators, which began as a variation on the steam shovel and progressed into the the excavators we know today. ...


Swamp Thing: Recovery of IH TD24 Crawler Buried 45 Years in Minnesota

The following article is reprinted with permission. There's a line attributed to EOD bomb technicians. Reportedly, when asked about whether or not they were stressed out when it came time to defusing a bomb, the answer was something to the effect of "I'm not....