Building the Canal to Save Chicago

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BC-Photo 6.14

Looking north shows construction of the Des Plaines River Spillway in early 1894. The river is on the left behind the trees at the base of the moraine, about 0.25 miles north of present day 47th Street. Concrete or masonry was used to form the spillway and wing walls. Earthen levees flanked the spillway on each side to separate the Des Plaines River from the Chicago Lake Plain. (Photo from Brown, G. P., Drainage Channel and Waterway, Chicago, R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co., 1894.)