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By Patrick T. McBriarty

ISBN-10: 0252037863

ISBN-13: 9780252037863

Chicago River Bridges offers the untold historical past and improvement of Chicago's iconic bridges, from the 1st wooden footbridge outfitted by way of a tavern proprietor in 1832 to the wonderful marvels of metal, concrete, and equipment of this day. it's the tale of Chicago as obvious via its bridges, for it's been the bridges that proved serious in connecting and reconnecting the folk, undefined, and neighborhoods of a urban that's continually remaking itself. during this ebook, writer Patrick T. McBriarty indicates how generations of Chicagoans outfitted (and rebuilt) the thriving urban trisected by means of the Chicago River and associated through its many crossings.This finished guidebook chronicles greater than a hundred seventy five bridges spanning fifty five destinations alongside the most Channel, South department, and North department of the Chicago River. With new full-color images of current bridges and a couple of hundred black and white pictures of bridges prior, the e-book finds the wealthy background of Chicago's downtown bridges from the Michigan street Bridge to the customarily forgotten bridges that after hooked up thoroughfares akin to Rush, Erie, Taylor, and Polk Streets.Throughout, McBriarty grants new study into the bridges' architectural designs, engineering suggestions, and their impression on Chicagoans' day-by-day lives, explaining how the dominance of the "Chicago-style" bascule drawbridge prompted the fashion and mechanics of bridges around the globe. A confluence of Chicago background, city layout, and engineering lore, Chicago River Bridges illustrates Chicago's major contribution to drawbridge innovation and the city's emergence because the drawbridge capital of the world.

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