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Hoover Dam: A Symbol of Simple Strength

(Editor’s Note: This article is the seventh in an occasional series on iconic United States construction projects.)In 1931, while the United States was flat on its back in the Great Depression, the country rose from the mat, flexed its muscles and began building the mighty Hoover Dam, not only taming the angry, flood-prone, Colorado River but also demonstrating the distressed nation’s determination to survive economic fear....


Crossing the Chesapeake: A Modern Marvel

(Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth in an occasional series on iconic United States construction projects.)In 1961, I often took the “Kiptopeke — Little Creek Ferry” across the mouth of Chesapeake Bay on weekends because my job was covering the Mercury astronauts at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and my future wife lived in Riverton, N.J....


The Mother of All Dirty Jobs: Sandhogs Burrow Deep Beneath New York City

(Editor's Note: This article is part of an occasional series that takes a look back at iconic United States construction projects. It originally appeared in the pages of CEG in September of 2006.)One of the world's largest and most critical construction projects is moving along foot by foot in New York City, unseen and as deep as 800 ft....


Alaska Pipeline Cuts Through Last Frontier

(Editor’s Note: This article is the fourth in an occasional series on iconic United States construction projects.)The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is not only one of the most remarkable and difficult construction feats in U.S....


’Driving Fever’ Spreads Across Lincoln Highway

(Editor's Note: This article is the third in an occasional series on iconic United States construction projects.)"Hi there, neighbor, going my way? East or West on the Lincoln Highway?" — Song introducing The Lincoln Highway radio broadcasts in 1940....


NYC’s Central Park: An American Masterpiece

Editor's Note: This article is the second in an occasional series on iconic United States construction projects.)Update: We revisit Central Park here. Building New York City's Central Park in the 19th century from the ground up was a mammoth manual grading and beautifying construction project that produced what many consider to be the century's greatest work of American art....


The Golden Gate: ’The Bridge That Couldn’t Be Built’

The Golden Gate Bridge, hanging gracefully on its cables over the wide, dark blue strait between the city of San Francisco and the green and brown hills of Marin County, exemplifies construction excellence....






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