By Dean A. Herrin
"From a fledgling agrarian country clinging to the Atlantic seaboard in 1800, the U.S. by way of 1900 was once the world's prime business state, generating a 3rd of the world's commercial output. via approximately 2 hundred photos and drawings, the USA remodeled: Engineering and know-how within the 19th Century highlights not just the most obvious icons of feat comparable to the Brooklyn Bridge and Erie Canal but additionally the improvement of the nation's commercial, production, and transportation infrastructure. improvement and innovation in mining; cloth, iron, and metal generators; water remedy, energy, and irrigation platforms; and canals, railroads, and bridges all remodeled American life."--Jacket. Read more...
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Unfortunately, by 1839, the depression had begun to limit the opportunities for engineering employment in the immediate vicinity of Saxonburg. This forced John to adopt a habit of staying away from home for extended periods. 29 When writing this chapter, Washington began a revealing discussion of his father’s personality. In contrast to the “agreeable task” of conveying information excerpted from his father’s letters, there are several indicators of the turmoil he must have experienced as he broached some of the more bothersome aspects of the tale.
Most of the coins actually in use, however, were clipped or badly worn: a fip was worth 5 and one-half cents; a levy was worth 11 cents. ” Coopers tools, round adzes, augers, planes & chisels, every kind of saw especially hand and cross cut saws—The hand saws were called foxtail saws, in distinction from buck saws.  although iron is as cheap as in Europe, yet good steel tools are twice as dear—I saw a great many of these antiquated things lying around Saxonburg for years as curiosities—they were quickly discarded for handy American tools.
And then settled in St Louis, where he started a paper, became consul and flourished, lucky for him. Some of the colonists who quarreled with him on the ship, are now sorry and see they made a mistake in leaving him. 33 Another fact now dawns on him, that the fine educated foreign gentlemen with means whom he hoped to attract to his settlement do not care to be buried alive in the wilds of Butler Co. and prefer to settle in the cities—This does not cast him down very long but instead he proposes to found the village of “Germania” and fill it with German artisans, mechanics and practical working people who would supply the wants of the surrounding agricultural population, and this scheme was practically carried out.