West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 3 Photos

Original Sanitary & Ship Canal Completion and Improvment

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Photo 3.16

July 2, 1914, looking west, FitzSimons and Connell Dredge and Dock Company dredge number 6 is widening the Sanitary & Ship Canal near Summit. Widening was necessary because the 1910 census population exceeded 1,500,000 and the Act of 1889 required a larger channel between Damen Avenue and Summit to pass more sewage and dilution water for a population this size. The original canal in this reach was built to a lesser capacity, consistent for the population prior to 1910. (MWRD photo 4950)