A Look Back

Featuring photos from Pit & Quarry’s archive, “A Look Back” allows readers to take a step back in time to learn about historical equipment and processes of the aggregate industry.

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In 1959, this was the world’s longest permanent cross-co suntry transport belt conveyor system at 5.5 miles in length. It carried 1,000 tph of limestone or shale from a quarry in Lawrence, Oklahoma, to a cement plant in Ada, Oklahoma.
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Specification sand flows into a haul barge that was ultimately pushed to a sand storage site by the tugboat seen in the background.
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Workers tend to a crusher at Elmhurst Chicago Stone during an unknown year.
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A man poses next to a 54-in. Symons Gyradisc crusher, used to produce a fine fraction of material.
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Fiat-Allis’ 945-B wheel loader featured 90-degree articulation, an SOF-shift transmission and other components that improved maneuverability and productivity.
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An International U-281 engine works at a portable plant at Schmidt Construction Co. in Arvada, Colorado, during an unknown year.
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A Cedarapids Model 575 Super Commander Tandem crushing and screening portable plant featured the Model 4130 roll crusher with gas-hydraulic springs. The plant was displayed for the first time at the 1933 Construction Equipment Exposition and Road Show in Chicago.
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At the Uvalde Rock Asphalt Blewett plant, a Michigan Model 175A Series I tractor shovel loads out trucks, does cleanup around stockpiles and conveyor, and maintains haul roads during an unknown year.
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Haul trucks travel through the opening to an underground plant, navigating 1.2 miles into the mountain with two-way traffic during an unknown year.
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Five ball mill motors supply power to crush and grind raw materials to meet the demands of the Dundee Cement Co. during 1960.
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From 1952, this Caterpillar diesel DW10 tractor works in the Netta mine of the Mining & Smelting Division of the Eagle-Picher Co. in Oklahoma.
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In this photo, an HT4 hydraulic Traxcavator loads gravel from a stockpile at a plant in California. Date and location unknown.
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In this photo, a workman loads Austin 40 percent extra dynamite at Reed Crushed Stone Co. Inc. in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, during the summer of 1963.
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Ireco Chemicals’ Iremite served as a dynamite replacement at this unknown quarry. Date of the photo unknown.

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Green Island Construction Co. used a Portable Vibro-King screening plant in October 1969 at its site in Wellesley, New York.

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Bakersfield Rock & Gravel Co.’s screening and storage plant in Bakersfield, California, featured screens of special design built by Standard Boiler & Steel Works of Los Angeles in 1926.
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Joe Jurek, a general service manager at Minneapolis-Moline, demonstrated the load capacity, power and “heel-and-toe” action on the Moline Motrac crawlers at a site in Hopkins, Minnesota.

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Conveyors led to transfer towers and a storage shed at a phosphate mine in Morehead City, North Carolina.

 

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This Caterpillar 950B wheel loader, which Cat says featured quick load times, debuted in the early 1980s.

 

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In 1956, a Caterpillar D318 diesel engine powered this Lorain shovel to stockpile rocks at a limestone quarry in Glencoe, Alabama.
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An aggregate producer uses a motor truck to carry rock to the crusher at its quarry in 1918 in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.
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The Cat 966D wheel loader allowed for faster cycling than the company’s 966C model. According to Cat, it also proved to be more productive than the 966C, depending on the material it moved.
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Fiat-Allis’ 945-B wheel loader featured a 6.5-cu.-yd. bucket capacity and 90-degree articulation to boost its maneuverability and productivity.
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A Northwest shovel empties material into an International Harvester 100 Pay Hauler on June 24, 1963.
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A Lorain L-56 shovel dumps material into a haul truck at an operation in Greenup, Kentucky. The exact date of this photo is unknown.
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Superior Stone Co.’s Red Hill Quarry was one of the top-producing operations in the company in the early 1950s. The quarry produced an average of about 600 tph.
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In 1956, Courchesne Inc.’s Michigan T.S. Model 125A front-end wheel loader loaded crushed colored roof stone into dump trucks at the company’s site in El Paso, Texas.
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James F. Nolen & Sons used a Lorain diesel shovel at one of its locations in Pennsylvania. The shovel featured a 1.25-cu.-yd. bucket capacity.
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An overview of the road-base plant at Harper-Jackson Sand & Gravel Co. in Salt Lake City. The horizontal conveyor delivers 1-in. drainage rock to the truck-loading bin.
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J.I. Case Co.’s Model 680 Construction King backhoe loader debuted to the market in the late 1960s. It featured a hydra-leveling design, return-to-dig mechanism and hydrostatic power steering.
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Archive records suggest this plant in Wisconsin was processing material for Marshall Township.
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J.M. Hall used a Lorain L-820 shovel at its site in Delmont, Pennsylvania. The exact date of this photo is unknown.
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George Lambert, pictured at center wearing a hat and with a hand on his hip, talks with the Lambert Brothers Crushed Stone crew while setting up a plant. Photo courtesy of Doug Lambert.
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A Lambert Brothers Crushed Stone plant in operation. The location is unknown. Photo courtesy of Doug Lambert.
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The 6614S Gyrasphere crusher in action in November 1968 at the New Hope Crushed Stone & Lime Co. in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
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A workman is dwarfed by the shaft of a Traylor gyratory crusher, type TC, being erected on a site in March 1962. An operating model of this design was built by Traylor Engineering & Manufacturing.
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A man operating a Caterpillar No. 955 Trax-cavator loads gravel into a truck from a stockpile operation near Vaughn, Montana, in 1956. The material was transported to Great Falls, Montana.
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A service man uses power tools to change the front tire on an International Payhauler. Date and location unknown.

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Caterpillar’s 983 front-end loader featured a rugged design to help with bank loading. The date and location of this photo are unknown.
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A Lorain L-820 shovel fills a Euclid haul truck at Lambert Bros. Sand and Gravel in Stockbridge, Georgia. The date of this photo is unknown.
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A Caterpillar Traxcavator No. 955 picks up a load from a stockpile at Guy Williams Quarry near Jamestown, Tennessee.
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An Eagle Iron Works plant processes material at the Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co. quarry in Warrenville, Illinois. The dates of both photos are unknown.
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The Michigan model 175A tractor shovels reached a dumping height of 12 ft., 1 in. The photo was taken in September 1956, although the location is unknown.
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Copper State Construction used a Cedarapids crusher for a 38,000-ton crushing job in Mesa, Arizona. The photo is from May 1957.
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Caterpillar’s No. 33 Series F Traxcavator uses a lightweight engine rated at 52 hp. The photo was taken in March 1959. The location of this photo is unknown.
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A Lorain L-50 shovel handles 160 cu. yd. of shot rock per hour at Reed Crushed Stone Co. in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. The exact date of the photo is unknown.
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A Caterpillar diesel HT4Traxcavator loads rock at a quarry in Penuela, Veracruz, Mexico in 1955.
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The Paul Frank Quarry in North Vernon, Ind., used a portable hammermill crusher powered by a Case steam tractor in the late 1920s.
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The Allis-Chalmers model 745 articulated loader served as an applicable tool for sand-and-gravel operations. Date and location of this photo are unknown.
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A Lorain shovel, powered by a Caterpillar D318 diesel engine operates at the Whitman Construction & Engineering Co. quarry in 1955 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
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J.I. Case Co.’s W-9 Terraload’r featured hydraulic power steering to easily maneuver the machine in tight spots and on rough ground at pits in 1957.
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New Hope Crushed Stone and Lime Co. operated three Telsmith 48 FC Gyrasphere crushers with hydraulic unlock and hydraulic rotate adjustment in 1968 at its site in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
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Fiat-Allis debuted its FR15 front-end wheel loader to the aggregates industry during ConExpo 1981 in Houston.
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Contee Sand & Gravel Co., based in Laurel, Maryland, used a washing and classifying plant that integrated an FLSmidth Dorrco displacement pump with a bowl desiltor. The exact date of the photo is unknown.
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Fiat-Allis Construction Machinery debuted its 945-B wheel loader to the aggregate and construction industries at a ConExpo event. The date and location of this photo are unknown.
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An L-820 Lorain shovel performs excavating work and loads a trailer in this photo at the Westlake Quarry Co. in Florissant, Missouri.
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President Dwight Eisenhower (right) and his colleague General Lucius Clay discussed Clay’s 10-year national highway program report in January 1955. This report helped pave the way for the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956.
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An aerial view of the construction of Interstate 95 in March 1958 in Richmond, Virginia.
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A self-propelled Lorain shovel loaded trucks at an average rate of about 1,000 cu. yd. per day at Columbia Rock Products in Columbia, Tennessee.
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A Michigan 275B loader fed material onto a vibrating feeder to be broken down by a Kent Air Ram hydraulic breaker. Date and location of this photo is unknown.
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The Hough H-120 Payloader debuted in 1958. This H-120 is operating at an aggregate site on May 23, 1961.
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An 11-ton Model D rear-dump LeTourneau Westinghouse hauler moves material at a site in January 1957 in Peoria, Illinois.