XVIII. ASME & ASCE Landmarks

American Society of Mechanical Engineers National Landmarks

Actually, you know what? Don’t ask me about ASME because I don’t know much about it. But I do know they have an interesting Landmarks program that has the cache of being an important federal program, but really isn’t.

[Note: if you somehow are here for the CSME - the American Society of Civil Engineers Landmark, Scroll to bottom.]


ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

Well there you go.

Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks are existing artifacts or systems representing a significant mechanical engineering technology. They generally are the oldest extant, last surviving examples typical of a period, or they are machines with some unusual distinction.

jbLandmarks, sites and collections of historic importance to mechanical engineering are designated by ASME through its History and Heritage Landmarks Program. Landmark status indicates that the artifact, site or collection represents a significant step forward in the evolution of mechanical engineering and is the best known example of its kind. A plaque is presented for display, a commemorative brochure is prepared, and a roster is kept to promote long-term recognition and preservation efforts.

The breadth of our mechanical engineering heritage is evident in the landmarks program. Nearly 250 landmarks have been designated since the program began in 1971.

Do you know of anything that you think should be nominated? ASME has helpfully provided a list of engineering gaps which they are looking to fill with new landmarks. Go for it.

ASME Landmarks

Connecticut’s 8 ASME Landmarks

Town Landmark From Year My report Other
1 Bloomfield Jacobs Engine Brake Retarder 1957 Go Here Open Business
2 Cos Cob AC Electrification 1907 Go Here At train station
3 Hartford Paige Compositor 1877 Museum
4 Mystic BF Clyde’s Cider Mill 1898 Go Here Museum/Store
5 New Milford Rocky River Hydroelectric Plant 1929 Go Here In operation
6 Danbury Pitney-Bowes Postage Meter 1920 Go Here Open Business
7 Windsor Roosa Master Diesel Fuel-Injection Pump 1947 Go Here Open Business
8 Windsor Locks Hydromatic Propeller 1938 Go Here Museum


Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks

Oh those civil engineers! They came up with own list too but their one pick from Connecticut, the Rocky River Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant in Hartford, is also a mechanic engineering landmark. C’mon civil engineers! There must be more than just this one in the state! Weak effort… Then again, they design our crappy highways too.

1. Rocky River Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant, New Milford (As an ASME Landmark.)

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