Austin Demolition: Modern Marvels Explains the Fascinating History of Demolition

Posted: August 5, 2013 in Austin Demolition Services
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We’re written about the history of demolition before on this blog. (Check out: Austin Demolition: the Fascinating History.) And while we covered the basics, this episode of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels goes much more in-depth into the incredible history behind demolition.

For example, did you know that…

The Romans were the first known culture to use demolition contractors? Yep, whenever a new emperor was elected, he frequently hired demolition contractors to tear down statues and even the home of the previous emperor.

Stones from the Roman Colosseum were removed and used to create the St. Peter’s Basilica church?

In the Great Fire of London in 1666, King Charles II ordered the creation of the first demolition tool – the battering ram – to stop the spread of the fire.
Houses on the outskirts of the fire were demolished by either these battering rams or by using controlled gunpowder explosions, effectively hampering the spread of the fire.

The wrecking ball was invented in the Industrial Revolution?

A French engineer created the first jack hammer and it helped to complete the creation of the tunnel he was working on 20 years earlier than expected?

Many technologies used currently by modern demolition companies, such as the excavator, were invented by armies for use in WWII? These first military demolition units had a 40% casualty rate!

Pretty cool, huh?

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