Building the Canal to Save Chicago

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–23

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BC-Photo 5.21

May 17, 1895. The end wall of Sec. 7, adjoining Sec. 8. These walls separating each contract section provided for a defined separation and containment of drainage in each section. Each contractor was responsible for keeping the excavation as dry as possible. A cableway tower used by the Section 8 contractor is seen in the left background. Removal of the separation wall was the responsibility of the contractor who was the latest in completing work on the section. (MWRD photo, disc 2, image 29)