This is the elevator in the middle background of this photo.
|Glen Miller posted
fascinating picture of the river in 1898 with all the swing bridges still in place. If the bridgetender wasn't paying attention, people might get trapped in the middle of the river and have to wait it out.
A relatively unknown but still active swing bridge crosses the North Branch of the Chicago River at a bend in the waterway roughly one block south of Cortland Street. Built in 1899 by the Chicago, Milwaukee and Saint Paul Railway (commonly referred to as the Milwaukee Road), the bobtail swing bridge is still active. It is left open so as not to impede river traffic.
[The bobtail bridge is no longer active.]
Paul Webb shared
Sanborn fire insurance map provided courtesy of the Map Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.