West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 6 Photos, 21–45

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Central Area Water Reclamation Plants

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Photo 6.26

May 22, 1937. Huge pieces of machinery were often moved using methods considered primitive by comparison to today’s methods with heavy-duty mobile cranes. Workers are gently rolling this one-piece casting weighing several tons down a ramp from a flatbed railcar to the loading dock of the Southwest plant pump and blower building. Once in the building, the piece will be moved using the in-house overhead gantry crane. (MWRD photo 22111)