Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Boise....uh...??

This is a piece of machinery on display in front of what used to be the Morrison Knudsen headquarters. It's a company that built many big things in this country, like Hoover Dam and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline - but M-K had a big financial crisis in the mid 1990s. Now, it's known as Washington Group International. Any idea what this equipment was used for? Mining? Railroads?


  1. Mining maybe, I think I have seen it before, but dont know where. Looks like you could put an efficency apt in there.

  2. With the small reach on the bucket, I'd guess mining. But it is an interesting old piece of machinery.

  3. Obviously its a steam shovel, predecessor to our present day back hoe. It could have been used on all kids of projects, digging trenches, digging build foundations, mining of course. Who knows what else it might have done.


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