West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–32

(photos 33–62 here)

Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.15

April 30, 1928. A crane is lowering a section of precast reinforced concrete pipe into a sewer trench for the Howard Street outfall sewer in Park Ridge. Looking west toward the Des Plaines River, a dragline bucket in the foreground is excavating the sewer trench. This illustrates poor practice in sewer construction. Proper subgrade material, such as gravel, should have been placed under the sewer, to create a uniform bed to distribute the load of the sewer pipe. (MWRD photo 13928)