Posts by Kathleen L Dow

The Life and Legacy of Charles Ellet, Jr.

suspension bridge drawing showing both the side and end elevations

The Charles Ellet, Jr. Papers, part of our Transportation History Collection, document the career of a man who surveyed rivers, built innovative bridges, and served as Colonel of the U.S. Ram Fleet during the Civil War. Guest writer Lauren Lincoln-Chavez, who processed the collection, tells the story of an exceptional 19th century engineer.