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Linoleum is derived from the Latin terms meaning flax (linum) and oil (oleum). Frederick Walton invented linoleum in 1863. Linoleum is made of oxidized linseed oil and ground cork or wood flour calendered into sheets with a burlap backing. Linoleum was a popular choice for residential and commercial buildings from the 1860s through the 1940s. It comes in several thicknesses and countless patterns. Linoleum was idealized because of its water resistance, sanitation level, and noise-reduction properties. (Read more...)
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The rehabilitation of Hays Street Bridge was a project funded by a Texas Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant, private donations, and the City of San Antonio, to adapt a disused historic vehicle bridge for reuse as a pedestrian footbridge and bicycle crossing. (Read more...)
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Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association v. Gettysburg College established whether NHPA and NEPA are applicable in cases where Federal involvement has ended. (Read more...)