West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 1–32

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Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.20

November 27, 1934. A crew of miners excavating the north tunnel heading from the Quincy Street shaft for West Side intercepting sewer section 6 under Jefferson Street takes a break. The background shows the typical corduroy appearance of the soft clay and the miners are protected by steel liner plates and ribs to hold the native clay in place. Using steel instead of wood was another change in tunnel construction practice resulting from the 1931 tunnel fire. (MWRD photo 19118)