Building the Canal to Save Chicago

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BC-Photo 6.15

March 6, 1894. The completed spillway looking north allows a small flow over the spillway toward Chicago. The levees flanking the spillway between the river and Chicago Lake Plain served to control excess flows from causing overland flooding that would eventually be channeled in the Ogden-Wentworth Ditch, West Fork, South Branch, and Chicago River. (Photo from “Lecture” found in the Greeley and Hansen, Chicago, archives. “Lecture” was prepared by the SDC in June 1918.)