Thursday, March 10, 2016

Harrison Street Bridge

MWRD shared
MWRD posted
(Bridge HunterHistoric Bridges, not in Chicago Loop, Street View+Satellite Access, Profile Photo)

MWRD's comment:
Construction of the Harrison Street bridge abutment on the east side of the South Branch of the Chicago River on June 26, 1902. The break in the wall at right is where a sewer was being re-routed and a pile driver can be seen docked at left.
Update:

MWRD posted
Historical photo of the week: A western view of the Harrison Street bridge during construction on November 16, 1905.

MWRD posted
A view to the north from the Harrison Street bridge showing the South Branch of the Chicago River on November 24, 1908.
[This was before the river was straightened. My main motivation for saving it is the two rather large boats on the left side of the photo.]

MWRD posted
A view of construction site preparation on the west side of the South Branch of the Chicago River at Harrison St on May 26, 1902, prior to the MWRD's construction of a new Harrison Street Bridge. The MWRD (then Sanitary District) replaced 12 bridges on the Chicago River and the South Branch in the early 1900s in support of efforts to increase waterway capacity and to improve navigation.

MWRD posted
The east abutment for a bridge being built at Harrison Street in Chicago, Illinois, on November 7, 1902, viewed to the north from the east side of the South Branch of the Chicago River.

These photos indicate the 1905 bridge was a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge.
MWRD posted two photos with the comment: "A 13.5-ton section is hoisted into place during construction of the former bridge at Harrison Street in Chicago on June 6, 1905, on the east side of the South Branch of the Chicago River. The second photo shows a close up view of workers on the bridge."
MWRD posted with the comment: "Construction of the former bridge at Harrison Street in Chicago on June 6, 1905, on the east side of the South Branch of the Chicago River. The enlarged view shows the workers in position while the 13.5 ton top section of the bridge is hoisted into place."
[They don't even have hard hats.]



A barge full of sugar makes the medicine go down, medicine go down. This was taken before the AT&T building was built south of Willis/Sears Tower. This is a reminder that Chicago was the candy capital of the world.
Dan Scott posted
Probably 1980
Getting ready to go through downtown Chicago.
Barge is full of sugar
Susan Hatfield: Dan, thank you for the photo. My dad, Capt. John Van Hoesen, used to talk about piloting towboats and barges filled with sugar up to Chicago. I believe it was for the Curtiss candy company, which formerly made Baby Ruth and Butterfinger.
[Dan remembers that they were going up the North Branch. The comments mention other possible destinations for a barge load of sugar in Chicago.]
Dean S Fitzgerald: That barge came from South Louisiana more than likely.



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