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Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: C.B. McCullough, Oregon's Master Bridge Builder

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Conde Balcom McCullough ranks as a modern bridge builder of national and international acclaim. This first major study of McCullough traces the Professional life of a brilliant engineer and builder renowned for his elegant, cost-efficient, custom-designed spans. McCullough's legacy lies in the nearly six hundred bridges he and his staff designed and build in Oregon during the years between the two world wars, most notably several beautiful bridges along the Oregon Coast Highway, bridges he called "jeweled clasps in a wonderful string of pearls."

Trained as a civil engineer, McCullough came to Oregon in 1916, drawn by the state's dire need for bridges and its drive to "lift its feet out of the winter's mud and summer's dust." After developing the engineering program at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), McCullough was named the state's bridge engineer. He became an impassioned promoter of state-sponsored bridge building that incorporated engineering efficiency with economic practicality and aesthetic appeal. McCullough's long career with the State Highway Department left a legacy of bridge building in Oregon unequaled in the twentieth century.

In 1999, Engineering News-Record recognized McCullough as one of the most important bridge engineers of the past 125 years. He was an innovator in twentieth-century reinforced-concrete arch construction and built one of the first concrete tied-arch bridges in the United States. McCullough's bridges are rich in aesthetic detail; the finest amoung them are embellished with arch crowns, Art Deco-inspired pylons and obelisks, Gothic piers, towering spires, and arched railing panels.

Illustrated with historic photographs and drawings, Robert Hadlow's definitive and highly readable biography will delight bridge buffs and engineering enthusiasts everywhere. It will also be of great interest to Oregon coast visitors and residents, and to students of transportation and technology history.

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Historians, Iowans, Oregonians, and bridge buffs will delight in this new history of the prolific bridge builder McCullough. Hadlow (a transportation historian in Portland) sifted through McCullough's personal correspondence as well as state archives to produce this work, which includes details of McCullough's personal life as well as his career. A technical glossary and numerous b&w photos are included.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Conde McCullough ranks as a modern bridge builder of national and international acclaim. This definitive biography traces the professional life of a brilliant engineer whose legacy lies in the nearly six hundred bridges he designed and built in Oregon during the years between the two world wars, most notably the beautiful bridges of the Oregon Coast Highway that he called "jeweled clasps in a wonderful string of pearls."

About the Author

Robert W. Hadlow lives in Portland, Oregon, and has been a transportation historian for over a decade. His current project is a history of the design and construction of the Columbia River Highway. Hadlow received his Ph.D. in American History and Public History from Washington State University in 1993.

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Monika, September 3, 2008 (view all comments by Monika)
Who'd have thought that some of the best works of art along Oregon's highways are the work of an engineer? Oregon was incredibly lucky to have Conde McCullough design bridges that were beautiful, functional, and state-of-the-art--and most of them are still with us. This book will enhance your appreciation of the man and his bridges.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870715341
Author:
Hadlow, Robert W.
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Author:
Hadlow, Robert W.
Location:
Corvallis
Subject:
General
Subject:
Engineering - Civil
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Bridges
Subject:
Highway engineers.
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Civil
Subject:
McCullough, Conde B
Subject:
Highway engineers -- Oregon.
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 99-31
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
211
Dimensions:
9 x 6.1 x 0.9 in

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"Synopsis" by , Conde McCullough ranks as a modern bridge builder of national and international acclaim. This definitive biography traces the professional life of a brilliant engineer whose legacy lies in the nearly six hundred bridges he designed and built in Oregon during the years between the two world wars, most notably the beautiful bridges of the Oregon Coast Highway that he called "jeweled clasps in a wonderful string of pearls."
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