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Herman Schüssler: The Invisible Architect of Western Water Conveyance Systems
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AuthorMeacham, Laura Dawn Gammie
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In 1864 Hermann F.A. Schussler immigrated to the United States at the age of 22. He became one of the leading civil engineers in the Western United States. Schussler’s long-lasting contributions are seen throughout the West in large-scale water conveyance projects and the structural designs of large-scale dams. Schussler’s projects were designed specifically for the landscapes of the Arid West; moreover, Schussler’s technological advances provided the framework for the relocation, transportation, and storage of water in the West. His systems were designed without calculators or computers and accomplished without heavy machinery. Schussler is acclaimed for his design and construction of the Crystal Springs Dam near San Francisco, California. The dam was built nearly atop the San Andreas Fault in 1888, but its design has proven strong and elastic after 140 years and two substantial earthquakes (1906, 1989). This thesis provides an overview of Hermann Schussler’s life and accomplishments.