Saturday, November 25, 2017

Western Avenue Water Supply Pump Station (S1)

3D Satellite
While driving west on 51st Street, around Western Avenue, I noticed a big smoke stack a few blocks to the north. It was easy to determine that it was a Chicago City of Water Department building. Obviously it is a steam powered pumping station. In fact, it uses variable speed steam turbines and burns natural gas with fuel oil backup.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
The reason the parking lot is so big is because that is where the coal storage pile used to be.

Satellite
I'll bet this is a remnant from the coal burning days.


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