By Donald E. Wolf
Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the monetary foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In large Dams and different goals, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the pursuits of the visionary males in the back of those initiatives coincided through the early 20th century, what they comprehensive, and what has turn into of the empires they created. In twelve colourful, completely researched chapters, Wolf gracefully renders the tale of Six businesses, a mix of organisations led by means of business giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, between others. jointly, those executives performed an important function in constructing the trendy American West and in development the constructions we go together with it. Then, as global struggle II threatened, they undertook ever extra brilliant tasks. utilizing quite a lot of resources and interviews, Wolf weaves own, political, and business background right into a compelling account that may entice historians and common readers alike.
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26 The impact of the scandal was widespread. At the highest levels it touched the president's office itself and involved the son-in-law of a former president. At the cabinet level it had the effect of bringing about the appointment of Hubert Work, a Colorado physician turned politician, as secretary of the interior. Work was to be the instrument of radical change. One of the first things he did at Reclamation was to fire Arthur Powell Davis as its director. Davis, a widely respected Page 15 civil engineer who had spent his entire career in the Department of the Interior, was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a nephew of the eminent explorer/scientist John Wesley Powell.
Kaiser planning a new golf course Henry J. Kaiser with his second wife Elevated section of the BART, in San Francisco Bechtel executives with Ronald Reagan and others Maps Pacific islands on which Six Companies firms built naval airbases 130 Area of pipeline work on Canol project 146 Page ix Foreword BY RICHARD LOWITT Hoover Dam on the Colorado River remains one of the highest dams in the world; set on a 650-foot-thick base, it rises 726 feet. At the time it was completed in 1936, it was the largest dam in the world.
Wolf; foreword by Richard Lowitt. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Title. 7'624'0978dc20 95-43628 CIP Text design by Debora Hackworth. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1996 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved. A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v Contents List of Illustrations vii Foreword by Richard Lowitt ix Preface xiii Chapter 1 The Master Builder 3 Chapter 2 The Contractors 18 Chapter 3 Colossal Structures 34 Chapter 4 Beyond Bridges 60 Chapter 5 The Last Great Peacetime Job 75 Chapter 6 Ships for War 85 Chapter 7 Sand, Snow, and the Japanese 123 Chapter 8 Wartime Manufacturing 151 Chapter 9 Bechtel after the War 184 Chapter 10 Kaiser after the War 216 Chapter 11 Morrison Knudsen, Utah, and the Others 250 Chapter 12 The Survivors 277 Notes 289 Bibliography 317 Index 327 Page vii Illustrations Photographs Six Companies directors and construction superintendent at Hoover Dam Frontispiece Following page 112: Warren ("Dad") Bechtel and his three sons Frank Crowe Charles Shea Harry Morrison Housing at Hoover Dam Hoover Dam, from upstream Hoover Dam, from downstream Six Companies executives and government officials at Hoover Dam San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Grand Coulee Dam Golden Gate Bridge Marriner Eccles with Franklin Roosevelt and his son James Roosevelt Stephen Bechtel at Marinship Kaiser cars on the assembly line Henry J.