"McVarish covers a broad array of industrial site types within the expansive categories of transportation, extraction, production, and power generation. He breaks each industry into their assorted components, elucidating the functions and processes of each element so that they can be understood separately and as parts of a connected whole. He describes the functional and technical changes of each industry through time, providing physical and temporal contexts of the separate pieces and the composite industry. McVarish provides concise descriptions of the actions and processes in each industry and creates an authoritative vocabulary for working with and understanding the sites in the field. The straightforward compilation and presentation of the historical background and technical aspects of so many industries will meet the varied needs of archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, landscape planners, and others interested in the industrial past. This book will make it easier to identify and interpret industrial sites." —From the Foreword by Carolyn White
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This comprehensive guide provides the reader with basic information of the most common types of structures, sites, and objects encountered in North American industrial archaeology, including bridges, railroads, factories, water and power generating facilities, and others.