West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 33–62

(photos 1–32 here)

Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.38

Looking north on April 22, 1937, near the bottom of the access shaft at East Avenue and Windsor Street. Miners are excavating a pilot tunnel in rock to pass under the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (present-day BNSF Railway). Above the top of rock, steel sheeting in the shaft holds back unconsolidated overburden. The north or upstream end of West Towns outlet sewer section 1 was built using the tunnel method. (MWRD photo 23017)