Draining Chicago

Chapter 3 Photos, 45–68

(photos 1–22 here and 23–44 here)

North Shore Channel

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DC-Photo 3.57

West view, July 12, 1909. Oakton Street is not much more than a rutted wagon road. Laborers are excavating shafts for three of the four piers for the road bridge over the channel. The clay is dug by hand and hoisted by hand-winch to the surface. The earthen sides of the shaft are supported by wood planks held by circular rings inside the shaft. The pier is formed by filling the shaft with reinforced concrete. (MWRD photo 4121)