West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–32

(photos 33–62 here)

Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.5

Construction by tunnel required vertical shafts at intervals along the route of the sewer for access to the tunnel below. By November 29, 1921, the contractor, Nash Brothers, had built this head house over the access shaft at Chicago and Kenilworth avenues for the Oak Park outlet sewer. Each head house contained a steam-driven hoist to move materials and workers between the street and tunnel levels. (MWRD photo 8689)