Draining Chicago

Chapter 3 Photos, 23–44

(photos 1–22 here and 45–68 here)

North Shore Channel

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DC-Photo 3.29

Slope failure and a landslide on August 27, 1910, wrecked the flume across the channel at Dewey Street, resulting in sewage discharging into the excavation. Looking north on August 29, 1910, this view shows total destruction of the flume. A Schnable & Quinn dragline at right is removing some of the fill in the channel. The unstable soil precluded rebuilding the flume and sewage was allowed to flow into the unfinished channel as completion by the end of the year was expected. (MWRD photo 4498)