Marion’s Steam Shovel
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
The Marion Steam Shovel Company was founded in 1884 in Marion, OH. This American company produced steam shovels for more than 100 years. Marion steam shovels were vital to the Panama Canal excavation. The shovels dug at an unprecedented speed, removing 41 km3 of soil in 25 days. The company started to design shovels of different sizes for the Canal construction, including its last version “model 91.” A model 91 shovel used in the Canal construction was relocated to Le Roy, NY and was the first steam shovel to be listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.