Concrete on the Farm, 1900 - 1940

08/11/2020

Concrete has been useful on farms for many years but producing, mixing, and placing concrete in the early 20th Century was challenging. Farmers couldn't call the local ready mix producer or concrete contractor but had to do it all themselves, including coming up with suitable sand and aggregate, proportioning and mixing a durable concrete, and getting the material into place. In this five-part article, concrete historian and Emeritus Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Luke Snell details how it was done and describes techniques that remain useful today in remote locations around the world and even in the U.S. Here's how to access all five installments of Concrete on the Farm, 1900 - 1940:

To read Part 1, Sand, click here.

To read Part 2, Concrete Materials, click here.

To read Part 3, Concrete Mixtures, click here.

To read Part 4, Mixing the Concrete, click here.

To read Part 5, Placing the Concrete, click here.