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United States Military Academy
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Civil Engineering Profession Era: 1800-1829 DateCreated: 1813 On the Hudson River West Point State: NY Zip: 10996 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/project/united-states-military-academy-at-west-point/ Creator: Jefferson, Thomas , Thayer, Sylvanus

In 1794, Congress authorized and President Thomas Jefferson signed into law the raising of a Corps of Artillerists and Engineers (now the United States Army Corps of Engineers) to be educated and stationed at the newly created United States Military Academy. The U.S. Military Academy was the first school of engineering in America to offer formal instruction in civil engineering. 

YearAdded:
1978
Image Credit: Original Image: Public Domain (US Army) Image Caption: United States Military Academy Era_date_from: 1813
Dunlap's Creek Bridge
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1930-1939 DateCreated: 1939 Dunlap's Creek Brownsville State: PA Zip: 15417 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/Dunlap-s-Creek-Bridge/ Creator: Delafield, Richard , U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Not only was Dunlap's Creek Bridge the first cast-iron bridge in America, it was the first metal bridge anywhere to use what its builder, Capt. Richard Delafield, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, described as "standardized, interchangeable, manufactured parts." The bridge was built as part of the federal government's effort to make repairs on the National Road  before handing authority over to the states. Dunlap's Creek at Brownsville was an especially troublesome crossing, having destroyed three previous bridges since 1801.

YearAdded:
1978
Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service) Image Caption: Dunlap's Creek Bridge Era_date_from: 1939
Davis Island Lock and Dam
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1880-1889 DateCreated: 1885 Davis Island McKees Rocks State: PA Zip: 15136 Country: USA Website: https://www.asce.org/project/davis-island-lock---dam/ Creator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Before the Davis Island Lock & Dam were built, the flow of the Ohio River slowed to little more than a trickle during dry periods. For several months each year, the unreliable flow stranded Pittsburgh's steamboats, towboats, and barges.    

The Davis Island Lock & Chanoine Dam experimental project was the first lock and dam ever constructed on the Ohio River. Its achievements also included the first rolling lock gates, the largest movable dam built in the 19th century, and the widest chamber in world history.    

YearAdded:
1985
Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service) Image Caption: Davis Island Lock and Dam Era_date_from: 1885
Cape Cod Canal
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1900-1909 DateCreated: 1909-1914 Cape Cod State: MA Zip: Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/Cape-Cod-Canal/ Creator: Parsons, William Barclay

The idea of a canal eliminating the costly and dangerous sea trip around the Massachusetts peninsula of Cape Cod was envisioned as early as 1623 by Pilgrim leader Miles Standish. It was not until financier August Belmont became involved in 1906, however, that sufficient funds for the project could be raised. Belmont had been the primary backer of New York City's first subway, and chose the subway's chief engineer, William Barclay Parsons, as the canal's project director.  

YearAdded:
1985
Image Credit: Courtesy nae.usace.army.mil Image Caption: Cape Cod Canal Era_date_from: 1909
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Cape Cod Canal

The idea of a canal eliminating the costly and dangerous sea trip around the Massachusetts peninsula of Cape Cod was envisioned as early as 1623 by Pilgrim leader Miles Standish. It was not until financier August Belmont became involved in 1906, however, that sufficient funds for the project…

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Davis Island Lock and Dam

Before the Davis Island Lock & Dam were built, the flow of the Ohio River slowed to little more than a trickle during dry periods. For several months each year, the unreliable flow stranded Pittsburgh's steamboats, towboats, and barges.    

The Davis Island Lock &…

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Dunlap's Creek Bridge

Not only was Dunlap's Creek Bridge the first cast-iron bridge in America, it was the first metal bridge anywhere to use what its builder, Capt. Richard Delafield, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, described as "standardized, interchangeable, manufactured parts." The bridge was built as part of…

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United States Military Academy

In 1794, Congress authorized and President Thomas Jefferson signed into law the raising of a Corps of Artillerists and Engineers (now the United States Army Corps of Engineers) to be educated and stationed at the newly created United States Military Academy. The U.S. Military Academy was the…

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