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Steel Erection: 1941

Steel Erection: 1941

December 1941. "Bending reinforcing steel which will be used in construction of Shasta Dam. Shasta County, California." Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Something tells me

that the contraption between the two guys on the left actually does the bending.

Double-decker

That must be the new Pit River Bridge in the background, which was completed about the same time as the dam. It replaced lower level road and rail bridges which were inundated by Shasta Lake. Today it carries Interstate 5 on the upper deck and Union Pacific Railroad on the lower. As far as I know, it's the only such dual-purpose
bridge in the western U.S.

Square Rebar

Looks like at least #8 rebar. You pretty much only see square rebar in demo work nowadays.

Smoking On The Job?

Boy, things sure have changed since the good old fifties. These days, most guys would find it difficult working on a steel erection with a butt hanging out of their mouth.

Squares

Large size rebars were square in section until the mid 1950s, when large size round deformed bars became available.

Bulldog

I always love to see the old chain-drive Macks. The 1938 GMC flatbed is cool, too.

Looks simple!

Yeah of course. The guy in the middle stands there, and the two with hard hats back up, right?

Going for an interview

I wonder what you needed to get a job there?

Nope

Not going to touch this.

Steel Erection?

Ah, youth!

Skilled workers

These were highly skilled workers to bend that steel with minimal tooling.

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