Marion in Marion County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Marion Steam Shovel
The Marion Steam Shovel Company built the primary tools for America's civil engineering for more than 100 years. Founded in 1884 by Henry M. Barnhart, George W. King, and Edward Huber, the company's patent steam shovels helped revolutionize railway and road construction, and were used in the building of the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, and the Holland Tunnel. "The Shovel" also built ditchers, log loaders, dredges, and draglines, including some of the largest land vehicles ever built. The first electric machine was built in 1915, but it was not until 1946 that the name was changed to Marion Power Shovel. In the mid-twentieth century, "The Shovel" employed 2,500 workers. In the 1960s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected Marion to build the crawlers that transport spacecraft to their launch pads. Hundred-year rival Bucyrus International acquired and closed the company in 1997.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-51.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 35.323′ N, 83° 8.47′ Click for map. Memorial is west across the railroad tracks from the former Marion Union Train Station. Marker is in this post office area: Marion OH 43301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norman Mattoon Thomas (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Underground Railroad / The Marion County Trial of Bill Anderson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Marion County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Marion Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jacob's Well (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cummins Home (approx. one mile away); Home of Warren G. Harding (approx. one mile away but has been reported missing); Harding Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . . Marion Steam Shovel Company. (Submitted on January 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,988 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.