About AMES®

Our Tools Built America®

The AMES story goes back to 1774, when Captain John Ames began making America’s first shovels. We’ve been building America ever since, through wartime and peacetime, boom and bust. And we’ve had our share of adventure along the way—we’ve dug for gold, gone on expeditions to Antarctica, and built at least two of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

And just like America, we’re still working every day to build the next great wonder.

AMES History: Our Tools Built America®

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1773 – 1804: Captain John Ames Original Account Book
1774: Captain
John Ames
1784: The Oldest
Shovel
1803: Land Purchased
In Easton, MA
1810: Trip Hammer
Patent Signed
by President
Madison
1817: First
Back-Strapped
Shovels
1824: Wood Handle Shovel
Manufactured
1837: AMES Shovels break
ground for B&O Railroad
1840 – 1870: AMES Shovels Instrumental
Throughout Oregon Trail
1861: Lincoln Asks
For AMES
Shovels For
Civil War
1868: Oakes Ames takes
charge of Union
Pacific Railroad
1870: Oakes Ames Invents
Handle-Bending
Machine
1879: 60% of World’s
Production of Shovels
1886: AMES Shovels Used
in Construction of
Statue of Liberty
1899: AMES Shovels Build
New York Subways
1903 – 1914: AMES Shovels
Used in Digging the
Panama Canal
1914 – 1918: AMES Shovels Used
by Soldiers in The
Great War
1927 – 1941: AMES Tools Used in
Carving Mount Rushmore
1929 – 1931: AMES Shovels Help Build
the Empire State Building
1931 – 1935: AMES Shovels Help
Build the Hoover Dam
1933 – 1937: AMES Tools
Help Build the
Golden Gate Bridge
1941 – 1945: 11 Million Trenching
Tools For World War II
1950 – 1953: Soldiers in
Korean War Use
AMES Trenching Tools
1956: AMES Tools
Help Build I-80
1968: AMES Trenching
Tools Used in
Vietnam War
1972: AMES Shovels
Used to Construct
Trans-Alaskan
Pipeline
1984: AMES Lopper
Launched into
Orbit Aboard
Space Shuttle
Discovery
1998: Founding
Sponsor of
Nations Garden
2011: AMES Begins
Community Garden
2014: AMES Wins
IDEA Award for
Design Strategy
1770: Boston Massacre
1773: Boston Tea Party
1775 – 1783
American Revolutionary War
1776: Declaration
of Independence
1789:
1st President
George Washington
1792: Construction on
White House Begins
1800:
Federal Gov
Moved to Wash D.C.
1807:
Embargo Act
1812 – 1814:
War of 1812
1814: Francis Scott Key
Wrote Star Spangled Banner
1828: Noah Webster
Publishes His Dictionary
1836: Battle of the Alamo
1832: Black Hawk War
1838: Cherokee
“Trail of Tears”
1844: First Telegraph
message sent by Morse
1846 – 1848:
Mexican American War
1861 – 1865: Civil War
1865: Slavery Abolished
1865: President Lincoln
Assassinated
1869: Transcontinental
Railroad Completed
1875: Civil
Rights Bill
1876: Battle of Little Big Horn,
Custer’s Last Stand
1886: Statue of Liberty Dedicated
1890: Battle of
Wounded Knee
1898: Spanish
American War
1899 – 1902: Phillippine-American War
1903: Panama Canal
Construction Begins
1908: Henry Ford
Introduced Model T
1917: U.S. Enters
The Great War (WWI)
1918: Influenza
Epidemic
1919: Prohibition
1928: Amelia Earhart’s
Transatlantic Flight
1929: Stock
Market Crash
1939: “Wizard of Oz”, “Gone
With the Wind” Released
1941: Japanese
Attack Pearl Harbor
1941: U.S. Enters World War II
1944:
D-Day
1945:Nuclear Bombs Dropped
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1950 – 1953:
Korean War
1963:John F. Kennedy
Assassinated
1964 – 1975: Vietnam War
1969: Neil Armstrong
Walks on the Moon
1974: Nixon Resigns
1983: U.S. Invades Grenada
1986: Space Shuttle
Challenger lost
1991: Iraq War
(Desert Storm)
1995: Bombing of Federal
Building Oklahoma City
2001: World Trade Center And
Pentagon Attacked by Terrorists