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10 Modern Marvels That Changed America

10 Modern Marvels that Changed America will air on Tuesday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m.

This is the story of the brilliant — and sometimes arrogant — engineers who defied naysayers with their amazing feats of engineering over the last two centuries. We begin at the Erie Canal, a 363-mile-long waterway built in the 19th century by laborers using only primitive hand tools. Then we see how engineers connected our growing nation by building magnificent bridges, intricate rail networks and a continent-wide system of freeways. And we discover the extreme measures required to deliver water from distant rivers to our kitchen sinks. Behind many of the daily conveniences we now take for granted, there was a brilliant engineer with a remarkable story.

 

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