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11/29/04-Longview

Mountain Mover Now Historical Landmark

An East Texas Mountain Mover is now an historical landmark.

The Mountain Mover was built in 1922 by inventor R.G. LeTourneau. The large, orange-painted scraper is one of three pieces of large equipment on display in the R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Park at the university.

Today the American Society of Mechanical Engineers presented the university with a plaque declaring the Mountain Mover as a historic mechanical engineering landmark.

"It was built when roads were being built, automobiles were coming in. It was used for leveling land, moving good amounts of dirt," says Keith Thayer former ASME President.

The scraper is historically significant for being the first use of telescopic buckets to move four times more dirt than traditional scrapers.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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