Building the Canal to Save Chicago

Chapter 5 Photos, 24–45

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BC-Photo 5.33

The SDC pumping plant in Section 14, July 1896. Although the contractor for each section was responsible to maintain drainage of the excavation, this became burdensome for the contractors who finished early. The SDC assumed responsibility for drainage for the entire length of the Main Channel. The steam powered pumping plant was operated nearly to the end of 1899 when it was removed and the wall restored in time for filling of the channel in early 1900. (MWRD photo, disc 2, image 66)