West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 33–62

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Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.35

August 10, 1936. Steel reinforcement has been placed and concrete is being poured for the sewer invert. The concrete is poured using a hopper and drop chute held overhead by a crane at right. Close to the Sanitary & Ship Canal, West Town’s outlet sewer section 1 was constructed by the open cut method. The vertical walls of clay were sufficiently stiff so as not to need bracing. The clay wall also was the exterior form for concrete side walls of the sewer. (MWRD photo 21914)