West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 33–62

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Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.55

Looking north from the south balcony in 1963 following completion of the second expansion of the Racine Avenue Pumping Station. There are 14 pumps with a total discharge capacity of 6,000 cubic feet per second or about four billion gallons per day. Starting in the left foreground and proceeding north, the pumps are numbered 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 16, and 18. On the right, the pumps are numbered 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. Even numbered pumps only discharge to the river. (MWRD unnumbered photo)