Draining Chicago

Chapter 3 Photos, 1–22

(photos 23–44 here and 45–68 here)

North Shore Channel

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DC-Photo 3.22

The District used steam shovels for channel excavation south of Peterson Avenue, shown here loading dump cars behind a dinkie locomotive, December 23, 1908. The dump cars were towed to a nearby clay pit for spoil disposal. Besides being less efficient than draglines, the steam shovel worked in the pit rather than on the top of the channel bank. (MWRD photo 3989)