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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
Title: Canvass White and Natural Cement, 1818-1834
Author(s): Harley J. Mckee
Publication: Concrete International
Appears on pages(s): 39-44
Keywords: aqueducts; limestone; locks (waterways).
mix proportioning; mortars (material); natural cement:
Abstract:Natural cement was used to construct the first 350 mile section of the Erie Canal in New York State, Canvass White was one of the early surveyor/ engineers who realized the knowledge of construction and materials was limited in 1817. White and others 1 experimented with natural materials found in the ground near the Canal to produce a mortar "cement." He patented awater-proof cement which was used in construction of the Erie Canal. The second article discusses the growth of the natural cement industry beginning with the excavation of the Erie Canal and the discovery of natural cement rock on the site. Natural cement plants began springing up in New York in 1824 and spread to various locations across the country.
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