Draining Chicago

Chapter 3 Photos, 1–22

(photos 23–44 here and 45–68 here)

North Shore Channel

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DC-Photo 3.19

The dragline excavator used near Emerson Street was owned by the James O. Heyworth Company, one of the more successful District contractors. The dragline was more efficient than a steam shovel in excavating the clay subsoil along the channel. After filling the bucket and pulling it to near the top of the cut at left, the operator lifts the bucket, swivels the machine and tips the bucket to dump the load of clay onto the spoil pile, September 21, 1908. (MWRD photo 3913)