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Collection: Chicago Drainage Collection
A landscape view shows a creek bending to the left.
A man poses with two dogs near a stream and bridge in a wooded area.
A dirt road, identified as "Lover's Lane," passes through an alley of trees.
A small stone arch bridge stands over a creek in a wooded area.
A landscape view shows a waterway lined with trees on the far side.
A worker stands near a large hole in the side of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal which was the result of a dynamite blast while other workers labor at a location nearby.
Several run-down stone buildings stand amidst tall gresses and trees.
A man stands on a mule-drawn shuttle car full of rocks and earth.
Two unidentified children sit outside a wooden building.
Sanitary District Police #3
Two officers stand next to a "Drainage Canal Stove."
Chicago in 1812
A map shows Chicago in 1812, including Lake Michigan, Wolf's Point Tavern at the west end of the Chicago River, and the southern and northern branches of the "Canoe Route to the Interior."
Sanitary District of Chicago
A map shows the main drainage channel from Chicago to Joliet.
Some of Ye' Oldest Inhabitants Along the Drainage
Photo caption: "Some of Ye Oldest Inhabitants along the Drainage. According to Dr. O. C. Farringdon, Field Columbian Museum, they are 41 Million Years Old!!!"
Illustrating the Dire Necessity for the Chicago Drainage Canal
An editorial cartoon demonstrates the need for the Chicago Drainage Canal through illustrations of water issues in Chicago during the late nineteenth century. The comic strip reads, left to right, top to bottom: reads: "Grinding it for coffee; Some…
Worker Facilities #5
An interior view shows the sleeping quarters for workers on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
Worker Facilities #4
An interior view shows the workers' dining hall set up for mealtime.
Worker Facilities #3
A contractor's camp labeled "A summer resort" stands on the edge of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
Worker Facilities #2
Workers line up outside the camp office to receive their checks on pay day.
Worker Facilities #1
Several construction workers stand in a group around two people "shooting craps" outside an unidentified building.
Sanitary District Police #2
Two rifles lean against a desk inside the Chicago Sanitary District Police Station in Romeoville.
Sanitary District Police #1
Several officers pose outside the Sanitary District Police Station in Romeoville.
Mini Dam #2
Several men stand on or near a mini dam on a waterway near the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
A steamboat and sailboat navigate a waterway through an industrial shipyard, likely the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
A group of industrial buildings sits along the edge of a waterway.
A large steamboat is docked on a waterway in an industrial shipyard, likely the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.