Article ID: CBB855460391

A Narrow Window of Opportunity: The Rise and Fall of the Fixed Steel Dam (1989)

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Between 1890 and 1910 a few dam designers seriously considered steel as an alternative to such traditional dam-building materials as masonry, earth, rock, and concrete. Three fixed steel dams were constructed; two still survive. Using evidence from the two surviving structures, especially the steel dam at Redridge, Michigan, as well as written records, this article challenges previous explanations for the demise of the steel dam and suggests that the neglect of steel construction is better explained by perception and personal factors than by objective, scientific factors.

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Authors & Contributors
David B. Landon
Timothy A. Tumberg
Huizen, Philip Van
Pursell, Carroll W.
Todd, Edmund N.
Jackson, Donald C.
Journals
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Pacific Historical Review
History of Technology
Publishers
Blackwell
Concepts
Industrial archaeology
Dams
Civil engineering
Hydroelectric power
Electricity and Electrical Power
Water power
People
Eastwood, John S.
Alexander Parris
Places
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Canada
Germany
Carp River
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Times
19th century
20th century
17th century
18th century
21st century
Institutions
West Point Foundry
Quincy Mining Company
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
Raleigh and Gaston Railroad
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