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Chicago Water Works - Before the Fire

Chicago Water Works - Before the Fire American History Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs Nineteenth Century Life

The Chicago Water Works was a major landmark, in Chicago, before the Great Fire of 1871.  Its cornerstone was laid in 1867.

After the fire, all that was left was the Water Tower.

This lithograph - created by Louis Kurz for Jevne & Almini - depicts the fully constructed Water Works as it appeared before the fire. 

Note that Lake Michigan is closer to the buildings than it is today.  That's because this illustration was created before the shoreline was extended by fill.

 


Media Credits

Lithograph depicting Chicago's Water Works before the fire (when the pumping station was very close to Lake Michigan), by Louis Kurz for Jevne & Almini.  Published by Chicago Lithographing Co (located on Clark Street in Chicago).  Image online, courtesy U.S. Library of Congress.

 

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