Draining Chicago

Chapter 4 Photos, 1–23

(photos 24–46 here and 47–69 here)

North Area Sewersheds and Watersheds

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DC-Photo 4.8

Laborers at the face of the tunnel heading are mining clay one block north of Main Street for North Side Intercepting Sewer No.1, August 30, 1922. The soft moist clay could be carved like butter. The slabs of clay were placed in dump cars, and the cars moved to the shaft and hoisted to the surface. Timber bracing and wood sheeting were installed as mining progressed to prevent the tunnel from collapsing. (MWRD photo 9427)