1817 FIRST BACK-STRAPPED SHOVELS

1817

THE FIRST BACK-STRAPPED SHOVELS

Oliver Ames manufactures the first back-strapped shovels, later modified for easy transport by soldiers in wartime.

1837 AMES SHOVELS BREAKGROUND FOR B&O RAILROAD

1837

AMES SHOVELS BREAKGROUND FOR
B&O RAILROAD

President Abraham Lincoln personally asks Oakes Ames, son of Oliver Ames, to supply shovels for the Union cause during the Civil War. By the time the war between the states ends and the Resurrection Period begins, pent-up demand for shovels and other civilian needs creates a tremendous boom.

1861 LINCOLN ASKS FOR AMES SHOVELS FOR CIVIL WAR

1861

LINCOLN ASKS FOR AMES
SHOVELS DURING CIVIL WAR

President Abraham Lincoln personally asks Oakes Ames, son of Oliver Ames, to supply shovels for the Union cause during the Civil War. By the time the war between the states ends and the Resurrection Period begins, pent-up demand for shovels and other civilian needs creates a tremendous boom.

1840 AMES SHOVELS INSTRUMENTAL THROUGHOUT OREGON TRAIL

1840

AMES SHOVELS INSTRUMENTAL
THROUGHOUT OREGON TRAIL

Settlers, primarily from the Ohio Valley region and Missouri, battle the elements to migrate West. The main route is the Oregon Trail, leading to the Oregon Territory. The trail begins at Independence, Missouri and ends at Oregon City and the Willamette Valley. The average wagon train endures about six months of confrontations with mountains, rivers, prairie land and desert to reach its destination. AMES shovels are instrumental in the settlers’ efforts to challenge mother nature and to stake their claims in the new territory.