Warren A. Bechtel

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Warren Abraham Bechtel

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, United States
Death: August 28, 1933 (60)
Moscow, gorod Moskva, Moscow, Russia
Place of Burial: Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Moyer Bechtel and Elizabeth Bechtel
Husband of Clara Alice Bechtel
Father of Warren Abraham Bechtel, Jr.; Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr. and Karl Kenneth Bechtel
Brother of Child Bechtel; Franklin Bechtel; Emma Sarah Holler; Minnie Cordelia Stockdale; Dora Delphena Nusbaum and 3 others

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About Warren A. Bechtel


Warren A. Bechtel (September 12, 1872 – August 28, 1933) was the founder of the Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's largest engineering and construction services firms.

Early life

Warren Bechtel started as an employee of the burgeoning United States railroad industry in 1898 after his Oklahoma cattle ranch failed.

Over the next 20 years, Bechtel built up a sizeable contracting business that specialized in railroad and highway building. One of Bechtel's earliest major contracts was grading the site of the Oroville, California depot for the Western Pacific Railroad, then under construction.

W.A. Bechtel Company

In 1919, Warren Bechtel and his partners (including his brother Arthur) built the Klamath Highway in California, and in 1921 Warren Bechtel partners won a contract to build the water tunnels for the Caribou Hydroelectric Facility in that state. In 1925, Warren A. Bechtel's sons Warren Jr., Stephen, and Ken joined him and incorporated as W.A. Bechtel Company. In 1926, the new company won its first major contract, the Bowman Lake dam in California.

Bechtel died while visiting Moscow in 1933. His son Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr., took over the firm upon his father's death.

Today, the Bechtel Corporation is still owned and operated by the Bechtel family. Its current CEO is Riley P. Bechtel, one of the richest men in the United States.

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Warren A. Bechtel's Timeline

September 12, 1872
Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, United States
December 23, 1898
Age 26
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
September 24, 1900
Age 28
Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana, United States
July 4, 1904
Age 31
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
August 28, 1933
Age 60
Moscow, gorod Moskva, Moscow, Russia
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States