A.C. Jewett, Chief Engineer for Emir Habibullah from 1911 to 1919.

a. Jewett in local clothing. b. Supervising a construction project. Elephants moved boulders
and carried heavy machinery over long distances.
Locations unknown, 1910s

This former General Electric engineer traveled to Kabul in 1911 to oversee the construction of the country’s first hydroelectric plant. Jewett remained in Afghanistan for eight years and his work set a precedent for the hundreds of American engineers who followed him in later decades.

Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Press.


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