Secrets of a Master Builder (#1303)
A giant of inventiveness and reasoning, a self-made man and one of America's greatest engineers, James Buchanan Eads led a life inextricably linked with the nation's most important waterway, the Mississippi River. He explored the river bottom in a diving bell of his own design; made a fortune salvaging wrecks; built the world's first steel bridge over the Mississippi at St. Louis; and deepened the river at its mouth, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation. By the time of his death, Eads was widely acknowledged to be one of the most influential men of his day. [56 minutes]
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