top of page


Building the Canal to Save Chicago

Chapter 1: Problem and Solution

Chapter 2: Act of 1889

Chapter 3: Formation of the Sanitary District of Chicago

Chapter 4: Finding Direction

Chapter 5: Rock Section

Chapter 6: Earth and Rock Section

Chapter 7: Earth Section

Chapter 8: Joliet Project

Chapter 9: Chicago River Improvement

Chapter 10: Bridges

Chapter 11: Ancillary Issues

Chapter 12: Placing the Main Channel in Operation

Maps and Figures: Maps and Figures

Questions about the book and/or its photos?

Contact author Richard "Dick" Lanyon at

bottom of page