Building the Canal to Save Chicago

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–23

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The method used on Section 9 for removal of excavated rock from the Main Channel to the spoil area, 1895. The cars were pulled up the incline by cables and a steam powered hoist. After loading the hopper cars at the face of the blasted rock, the loaded cars were pulled to the right and along the wall to the base of the incline. Empty cars were returned from the spoil area to the lower level on the other set of tracks. (MWRD photo, Geiger set, image 276)