Why Bother with Historic Preservation—

by Rex Wilson, Senior Archeologist; National Trust for Historic Places, Washington, DC 20036,
Donald C. Jackson, Staff Engr.; National Architectural and Engineering Record, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 2, Pg. 66-67

Document Type: Feature article


Two case histories are examined regarding old dams that were preserved because of their historic importance, as well as their practical use. One example concerns a dam that was exposed during the construction of a sewer line in Cranbury, New Jersey. The second example is of The Littlerock Dam in Los Angeles County, California, which was condemned by the state as unsafe. Citizens challenged the decision in court with the aid of an engineering withness, and the dam still functions today. The two examples help illustrate how an understanding of an appreciation for engineering history helped resolve modern problems.

Subject Headings: Dams | Case studies | Historic preservation | Historic sites | Infrastructure construction | Sewers | Court decisions | Engineering history | United States | California | New Jersey | Los Angeles

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