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Chicago Harbor & Bar, 1858

Chicago Harbor & Bar, 1858

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(The Newberry -- map6F G4104.C6:2C5 1858 .U5)



This map, created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, illustrates how the precise location of the young city’s coastline fluctuated wildly north of the mouth of the Chicago River between the years 1834 and 1858. Over time, silt deposits formed a sandbar that made that portion of the waterway difficult to navigate. The city countered with a set of piers meant to protect the harbor. Businesses — including a blacksmith and a “Store House" — took advantage of the new land and set up shop just north of the pier.

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For more on this map, check out WBEZ's story about the history of Chicago's coastline:



http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-how-has-chicago%E2%80%99s-coastline-changed-over-decades-104328




(The Newberry -- map6F G4104.C6:2C5 1858 .U5)



This map, created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, illustrates how the precise location of the young city’s coastline fluctuated wildly north of the mouth of the Chicago River between the years 1834 and 1858. Over time, silt deposits formed a sandbar that made that portion of the waterway difficult to navigate. The city countered with a set of piers meant to protect the harbor. Businesses — including a blacksmith and a “Store House" — took advantage of the new land and set up shop just north of the pier.

[Note: Uploaded view is slightly cropped.]




For more on this map, check out WBEZ's story about the history of Chicago's coastline:



http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-how-has-chicago%E2%80%99s-coastline-changed-over-decades-104328



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Published by: Chicago Public Media on Oct 24, 2012
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