Army Corps Technology (04:07)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the largest piece of floating concrete and rebar ever to set sail. The Braddock Dam is the first to be prefabricated in one place and moved by water to another.
Early Corps of Engineers (02:18)
General George Washington recognized the need for skilled engineers in the early days of the Revolutionary War. One of the first tasks for colonial engineers was the creation of fortifications at Bunker Hill. West Point was established in 1802.
Early Civil Works Projects (03:30)
Throughout the 19th century the defense of America was the main task of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Civil works and national defense were closely connected and the Corps soon took on both missions.
Mississippi River Commission (02:23)
In the 1880s the Mississippi River was the drainage point for 40 percent of the country's watershed. The Army Corps of Engineers was called in to come up with a flood control plan and improve navigation.
War Against Erosion (02:34)
The 1928 Flood Control Act gave Army Corps of Engineers the responsibility of developing a flood protection plan which would consist of enormous concrete flood ways. In the late 1930s reservoirs were incorporated into the plan.
Ongoing Flood Control Project (03:09)
Most river modifications on the Mississippi proved to be beneficial. A cut off made by Captain Henry Shreve had unforeseen consequences that the Army Corps of Engineers would need to find a solution for.
Innovative Dam Building Project (02:07)
Throughout the 20th century the Army Corps of Engineers constructed dozens of reservoirs and hydropowered dams on many of America's major rivers. One of the most spectacular of its time was the Bonneville Dam.
Designing the Nation's Capital (02:16)
The Army Corps of Engineers is largely responsible for the design, construction and look of Washington D.C. Providing fresh water to the district was a monumental task. Two bridges were an integral part of the plan.
Protecting the Nation's Capital (03:38)
The fortification of Washington D.C. during the Civil War was the responsibility of the Army Corps of Engineers. A series of forts circled the capital. The Corps had a direct role in many of the nation's well known monuments.
Merrill's Marauders (03:10)
The Army Corps of Engineer's accomplishments in peace time paved the way for proficiency on the battlefield. In the early days of WWII the U.S. helped China defend itself against Japan. A new road into China had to be created to keep supplies flowing.
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program (02:56)
In the 1950s the Army Corps of Engineers played an important role in the Cold War. With experience in missile site construction, the Corps was the logical choice to help lay a foundation for America's space program, NASA.
Engineer Research and Development Center (02:39)
Because of the incredible diversity of projects the Army Corps of Engineers has undertaken, it continues to remain on the cutting edge of science and technology. At the environmental lab work is being done to restore Earth's natural environment.
Environmental Restoration Project (01:30)
In 1948 Congress ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to drain the Florida Everglades, thought to be useless swamp land. Rivers were harnessed and diverted resulting in fresh water being sent out to sea. Animals were left fighting extinction.
Wildlife Restoration Project (04:04)
Bonneville Dam is the site of an ongoing restoration process to save several species of salmon from extinction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the first fish ladders that moved salmon up river, the problem is getting them back down.
Credits: Modern Marvels: Army Corps of Engineers (00:59)
Credits: Modern Marvels: Army Corps of Engineers
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