West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 3 Photos

Original Sanitary & Ship Canal Completion and Improvment

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Photo 3.4

March 23, 1918. A 160-foot-long fixed through-truss bridge spanning the Bear Trap Dam was installed in 1900 after the Sanitary & Ship Canal went into operation to provide access to the sluice gates at the Lockport Controlling Works. Buildings at each end of the bridge house operating mechanisms for each end of the Bear Trap Dam. The bridge, dam, and operating mechanism buildings were removed in the 1930s. (MWRD photo 6458.2)