West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–32

(photos 33–62 here)

Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.6

Part of the Des Plaines intercepting sewer in Maywood was built by the open cut method. As the trench is excavated, timber sheathing is placed vertically, braced by horizontal timber struts to hold the soil in place. On August 8, 1919, construction of the concrete sewer along Chicago Avenue is in progress. Upon completion of the sewer, the timber struts and sheathing are removed before backfilling the trench. (MWRD photo 7197)