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BOISE -- A vintage 1920s steam shovel has a new home.

The machine has spent the last 40 years by the URS building, site of the former Morrison-Knudsen,near the intersection of Front and Broadway. Morrison-Knudsen bought the shovel in 1931 for just over $9,000.

This particular steam shovel is part of a vanishing breed of workhorses that helped shape industrialized America and Idaho.

It had worked for M-K for many projects, some of which I believe were state highways and canals and many other projects, saidJim Harner with the Inland Crane Company. So it's got a lot of history, not only for M-K, but also for the state.

The steam shovel will now sit out front of the Idaho Transportation Department headquarters on State Street in Boise.


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