Building the Canal to Save Chicago

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The Chicago Terminal Railroad Bridge over the South Branch on August 17, 1899. Swing bridges were popular, but they required a pier in the center of the river, restricting the passage of commercial vessels and causing increased flow velocity. This bridge was eventually replaced by the SDC to improve the flow conditions in the South Branch and remove obstructions to river traffic. (MWRD photo, disc 9, image 46)