Sunday, April 29, 2012
Bucyrus steam shovel at Pioneer Park, Fairbanks, Alaska
This is a photo of the old steam shovel at Pioneer Park here in Fairbanks. It was used in the 1920s to build the Davidson Ditch, a 90-mile long aqueduct that brought water from the upper reaches of the Chatanika River to gold dredges near Fairbanks. Supposedly it was used before that on the Panama Canal. I had problems finding a manufacturer's name on it, but did find a plate saying it was made in Evansville, Indians. Based on that I am assuming that it is a Bucyrus. Cool old shovel!