Building the Canal to Save Chicago

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–23

(photos 24–45 here)

Rock Section

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BC-Photo 5.4

A stream shovel in Section 5 is used for overburden and rock excavation in constructing the Main Channel, 1895. In most section contracts, the steam shovel was the equipment used for excavation. These Bucyrus machines were the smaller forerunners of excavating machines used in the construction of the Panama Canal. The front of the steam locomotive used to transport the hopper cars to the spoil pile is shown at left. (MWRD photo, Geiger set, image 219)