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BF Clyde's Cider Mill
Old Mystic, CT
Clyde's mill is a rare survivor of a once-commonplace seasonal rural industry. Until recently a cider mill could be found in every community where apples were grown. In the fall,…
Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge
Oroville, CA
Soon after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento in 1848, General John Bidwell found gold near the Middle Fork of the Feather River. His discovery brought hordes of…
Big Brutus Mine Shovel
West Mineral, KS
When built in 1962, this shovel was the second largest in the world. It was used for the removal of overburden in the surface mining of thin coal seams. In its lifetime, it…
Big Surf Waterpark
Tempe, AZ
The first wave pool in North America to consistently generate 3-5 foot spilling waves suitable for surfing Big Surf Waterpark uses 15 gates that empty water into a 2.5 acre lagoon…
Birome Ballpoint Pen Collection
Buenos Aires,
The ballpoint pen invented by Ladislao Jose Biro was originally patented in Hungary in 1938. The principle of the ballpoint pen was originally patented by John Loud in 1888 for a…
Birthplace of the Internet
Mountain View, CA
"At 10:30 p.m., 29 October 1969, the first ARPANET message was sent from this UCLA site to the Stanford Research Institute. Based on packet switching and dynamic resource…
Birthplace of the SPICE Circuit Simulation Program
Berkeley, CA
"SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) was created at UC Berkeley as a class project in 1969-1970. It evolved to become the worldwide standard integrated…
Blenheim Bridge Blenheim Bridge
Gilboa, NY
Nicholas Montgomery Powers built the bridge. It was first constructed behind the village, then taken apart and reassembled over the stream. Some residents questioned the idea of…
Blimp Hangars Blimp Hangars
Irvine, CA
All building materials were made fire-resistant to protect against incendiary bombing. Treatment involved a vacuum process of salt impregnation. During construction, high winds…
Blood Heat Exchanger
Buffalo, NY
This is the first commercial, human-blood heat exchanger. Developed in 1957, it permitted a patient's body temperature to be safely and rapidly lowered during open heart surgery…
Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Mountains, VA
Designed to connect the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway was planned to provide pleasant…
Boeing 367-80 (Prototype for Boeing 707)
Chantilly, VA
The 367-80 is the prototype for most jet transports. Its success was due largely to its mechanical systems, including turbine engines with thrust reversers and noise suppressors,…
Bollman Truss Bridge Bollman Truss Bridge
Savage, MD
The design of the Bollman Truss Bridge-patented in 1852 and one of the first to use iron exclusively in all essential structural elements-was critical in the rapid expansion of…
Bonneville Dam, Columbia River System Bonneville Dam, Columbia River System
Portland, OR
The Bonneville Dam, Columbia River Power and Navigation System consists of 55 major projects on Oregon's Columbia River and is said to be the largest hydroelectric system in the…
Book "Experiments and Observations on Electricity" by Benjamin Franklin
Philadelphia, PA
In 1751 Benjamin Franklin published “Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America.” Experiments summarized in this booklet determined the…
Borden Base Line Borden Base Line
South Deerfield, MA
The Borden Base Line is a 39,009.73 feet (7.42 miles ) survey line through the State of Massachusetts. The line was the first project of its kind undertaken in America and its…
Boston Subway Boston Subway
Boston, MA
By the 1890s, the transportation infrastructure of downtown Boston - a maze of narrow, winding streets laid out, in some cases, along Colonial cow paths - proved completely…
Boyden Hydraulic Turbines
Cohoes, NY
These two water turbines were probably the largest and nearly the most powerful ever built in the United States, supplying direct mechanical power to a manufacturing plant. Their…
Brandywine River Powder Mills
Wilmington, DE
Founded by Eleuthère Irénéé du Pont (1771-1834), the Brandywine River Mills became the largest maker of explosive black powder in the United States. That success resulted directly…
Bremen Airport
Bremen,
Bremen Airport was founded in 1909. In 1924, German aviation pioneers Henrich Focke and Georg Wulf founded the Focke-Wulf company on the site. On June 26, 1936, Heinrich Focke’s…
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