Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chicago River Main Stem

This is a collection of pictures that show more than one of the bridges on the Main Stem of the Chicago River. They not only show the change in the bridges, but the change in the buildings along the river.

A WTTW set of then-and-now photos explicitly shows the changes.

Jeff Nichols -> Forgotten Chicago
Chicago River, State, Clark and Fifth Avenue (Wells) Bridges, 1875. NYPL
Just four years after the 1871 fire, the bridges and buildings along the Main Stem of the Chicago River had been rebuilt.

Kevin Linear posted two pictures with the comment: "Last set lol!! Wow!!" (Unfortunately, I don't know where the previous sets were.)



Jeff Nichols posted
Chicago River, 1940. Indiana University.
Patricia Armell This is looking west from State St. The foreground is part of the substructure work for the State St bridge which finally opened in 1949. The Dearborn St bridge is a rolling lift type bridge, replaced in 1963. The Clark St and LaSalle St bridges seen in this photo are the current bridges. 
See ChicagoLoopBridges for more info.

ChicagoLoopBridges, 2016
[Note they are raising just the north leafs. The double decker that is in the most  up-right position is Wells. So the photographer must be standing on the Dearborn. Bridge]
Patricia Armell shared Growing up in Chicago's photo
1950s - Chicago
This photo was taken on the Wells St bridge looking east. You can see the Reid-Murdoch building on the left just beyond the LaSalle St bridge. In the distance, you can see (left to right) the Mather building, the Carbide building, and the Jewelers building.
Patricia's comment on her posting
Here is a similar view in 2015 after the Wells St bridge was rebuilt.
Kenneth Swedroe posted
[Note the construction on State Street Bridge]
Chicago's Past History of The Windy City posted, also VintageTribune
Chicago 1955 
Looking east down the Chicago River 
As a barge inches its way under the bridge 
From Chicago Past
Philip Wizenick That was the largest ship ever to pass through the Chicago River. She was too long for the controlling lock at the lake. She ( I have forgotten the ships name and am too lazy to look it up ) was towed in, the outer gates opened and the tugs strained to pull her against the flood of water from the lake. When she cleared the inner gates, they were closed and she was towed out into the lake.
Dennis DeBruler The advertisement on the side of the Kraft building is "Jim Beam." I did not realize whiskey was one of Kraft's products back in 1955. Or maybe Jim Beam was willing to pay a lot of money to use the side of Kraft's building. This is also an excellent view of the C&NW State Street Yard before Marina City bought the air rights.
Cyndi Pinner-Martinez posted
Chicago River, Looking East Toward Lake Michigan, 1875.
[Back when Wolf Point was a lumber yard. And just grain elevators and industry on the north side of the river. You can also see the grain elevators in the background on the south side where the IC yards were. It is interesting how wood grain elevators were ethe "skyscrappers" of this era.]
ChicagoLoopBridges shared Jeff Nichols's photo
Chicago River, November 1963. Chicago History Museum.
Michigan Ave bridge in the foreground. Sun Times and Marina City just beyond. A great Chicago photo!
MWRD posted
Another brilliant historical photo of the Chicago River from 1946 provided by Frank Pajak
[C&NW State Street Yard is in the right foreground.]
MWRD posted
Great historical photo of the river in 1905
MWRD shared Jim Jasiota's photo
Bridges up, passing the Wabash Ave bridge, 1949, Chicago
MWRD shared
Glorious photo of the Chicago River
[Looking East. Wells Street and LaSalle Drive are the raised bridges.]
CTA posted
Did you know the first new 'L' cars to come with air conditioning were introduced in 1964? This picture, from around 1965, shows a 6-car train of 2000-series railcars—the first series to come with A/C—crossing the Lake Street Bridge over the Chicago River. The train is in Lake Street "B" service (which would have operated from Harlem/Lake to downtown, via the Loop, and back, stopping at only stops designated either "B" or"AB" stations).
Today, all of our nearly 1,500 cars are air conditioned—and we do a lot to keep it running and our trains comfy.
To make sure you've got a comfortable ride ahead when it gets warm, we do a pre-season inspection on the air conditioning systems on each of our cars, and re-check it throughout the season as part of regular, periodic inspections our cars receive.
When it's warm, the A/C is turned on in the yard as part of preparing them for service and checked to verify they're cooling down before a train goes out—this way, they're comfy right when the first passengers board. Cars are then regularly checked-on throughout the day by operations staff for any issues, including air comfort.
If A/C stops mid-route, the air in a car—even with the blowers on—can get hot pretty quickly—especially with all the hot electrical equipment under the floor and the sun beating in through the windows, so when an issue is detected we try to take the car out of service as quickly as possible for repair.
If you ever get on a car that's uncomfortably hot, you can help us fix it faster by letting us know right away--often, the operator can fix it on the spot or at least open certain windows for added ventilation, and make sure a crew is ready at the terminal to take the cars out of service and replace them with comfortable ones for the next trip out.
The best way to help us help you faster is to notify the train's operator right away by using the call button—there's at least one in every car, below a light fixture that has a blue tint over part of it.
Thanks, and stay cool out there!
Growing up in Chicago posted
Midwest Living posted (source: MWRD)
Chicagoland = winter wonderland in this snap by @david.sowa.

MWRD shared
Aerial view of the Chicago River, looking east from the Merchandise Mart. This picture is from 1951.
Joseph Obrien commented on a MWRD share
[Is that barge headed out onto the Lake? I can't think of any industry left along the river.]

Barry Butler Photography:
A painting looking west with Columbus and DuSable (Michigan) Bridges and Trump at the end.

ChicagoLoopBridges shared a photo with the Clark and Dearborn bridges being raised for a "boat run."

Instagram  The Marina City "corn cobs" are on the right so we are looking West.

Video of dying the river "Cubbie Blue" before the parade celebration of winning the World Series. In case you have been living in a cave, the last time they won the World Series was 108 years ago. This video provides an interesting view of the bridges and the "canyon of skyscrapers" along part of the main stem.

CNN video about a Springtime boat run.

A video about the history of Chicago's movable bridges   (source)  The bridge pictured at -1:14 when it talks about the first trunnion bridge at Cortland is a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge.

Link posted by ChicagoLoopBridges

A video of the new riverwalk.

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