Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1860s Lake Front Illustrations from Illinois Central RR

In the 1800s, the shoreline was at Michigan Avenue and the richest houses were built along it for the lake front  view. But the owners were learning that lake erosion was a serious threat to Michigan Avenue (and their property value). A breakwater was needed. As explained in Crossing War, the Rock Island beat the Illinois Central to the preferred entry into Chicago west of Calumet Lake. IC was granted permission to build an entry into the city in the lake because this would provide the breakwater that the city needed. They also did extensive landfill along the Chicago River to build grain elevators and other freight terminals.

JoAnne Gazarek Bloom posted, from Illinois Central RR files

JoAnne Gazarek Bloom posted, from Illinois Central RR files
JoAnne Gazarek Bloom posted, from Illinois Central RR files
Lakefront at 35th: The Old Soldiers' Home

JoAnne Gazarek Bloom posted, from Illinois Central RR files
Lakefront at 35th:  Douglas' Tomb

JoAnne Gazarek Bloom posted, from Illinois Central RR files
Lakefront at 35th:  beach

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