Building technology

The work on the Capitol and in the quarries was done largely by hand. A number of these photographs show the hand tools that were used. The power for hoisting loads was provided by horses and at times by men. However, when heavy blocks of stone or other construction materials had to be moved, steam powered cranes and hoists were used. On the Capitol site, several hoists, some on raised tracks atop the rising building, were used to lift heavy blocks and iron girders into place.

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