Monday, August 22, 2016

Ewing Avenue Bridge over Calumet River

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(Bridge HunterHistoric Bridges, 3D Satellite)
It is easy to find a place to park because Ewing is a four lane road that has to use a two lane bridge. But I didn't get my act together in time to take a video of it going down.

By the time I got out on the bridge, the three sailboats for which it was raised were north of CN/EJ&E Bridge.

View from 95th Street Bridge
A video of the bridge going down.

I didn't take many pictures of the bridge because I'm sure the two links at the top of this page have plenty of pictures. I took a picture north of Ewing Avenue on the east side of the river because it was obvious that Chicago has lost another industry. A Google satellite shot shows that it was in business rather recently as a Sims Metal Management site. Judging from the satellite image, it crushed and ground up cars.

Also note that the image has Von Zirngible Gravesite 1855.
Actually, the Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815. [ChicagoTribune] ByGoneChicago has some pictures not only of the grave, but of the scrapyard when it was more prosperous.

Tom Shepherd posted
Here is an excellent aerial shot of the Calumet River as it enters from Lake Michigan at roughly 92nd Street.
On the right side of the river (south side) is what is now the Illinois International Port District's Iroquois Landing facility.
On the left are the remains of where US Steel (USX) once was.
Notice the breakwater out in the lake. See the barges being towed by a tugboat, which just came through the opened-up 92nd & Ewing Ave. bridge?
This photo (date unknown, maybe around 2000?) was before the extension of South Shore Drive through the USX / Lakeside Development property.
Christy Matczak Boyle posted eight photos with the comment:
January 1981. My mom was allowed under the 92nd Street bridge to photograph some work being done. She was soooo happy!
 Christy Matczak Boyle They warned her about climbing under and she said “don’t worry, I can swim”

[Note the CN/EJ&E Lift Bridge in the background.]







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