The Chicago River A Natural and Unnatural History Illinois E–pub READ
Libby Hill Å 7 characters
L and the waterways in particular are not readily apparent in day to day life in Chicago Yet the proximity of the continental divide approximately at Kedzie and 31st to the lake is the major reason Chicago is where it is The book provides excellent detail about the development and transformation of the waterways throughout the region including recent and ongoing efforts It gives me a new perspective on the city I find myself looking at the River and other watershed features with renewed interest As promised this is a comprehensive history of the Chicago River taking it from its meandering origins in the muck left behind by retreating glaciers to the increasingly constrained path it takes today Overall the book provides a fascinating look at how the waterway spurred the development of Chicago Its hop skip and a jump of a portage from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi spurred dreams of trade and profitAuthor Libby Hill is thorough in exploring the different facets of the Chicago River even if she can get a bit caught up in her own language at times I was most interested in the natural history of the river and the experiences of the native Americans and earlier traders before the waterway was improved The pace of development along this swampy marshland is hard to believeAs the story progresses and parties gain interest in manipulating the river the narrative becomes a bit muddled The story even seems to repeat a bit with the creation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Sanitary and Ship Canal Obviously there are similarities in the processes but the different eras aren t rendered distinctBy the time we hit the 20th century the book gets pretty thick with acronyms and agencies That does reflect the reality of the river in our modern age but it can be a bit of a slog to work through Still Hill does admirable work keeping the developments comprehensible and it s nice to see the river shift back a bit toward conservation and appreciation as our story ends I was shocked that no one had thought of putting together a book like this until this author came along but it s really not THAT interesting of a read. Brings together ears of original research and field explorations to tell the Chicago River's epic and exciting tale including her discrediting of Chicago's 1885 cholera epidemic as an urban legend which is now considered the final word on the topi.
To understand the City of Chicago it is necessary to understand the history of its relationship to and reliance upon the Chicago River Libby Hill s account of this dynamic feedback loop is both thorough and fascinating as she demonstrates how the geology and geography of the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers largely determined the location and history of the city of Chicago up through the first decades of the 21st century She traces how millions of ยอดบุรุษพลิกคดี เล่ม 1 years ago the bedrock formation upon which the Great Lakes lie was created along with the divide between what would become the Chicago and Des Plaines watersheds The retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier 14000ears ago then led to the formation of both the Great Lakes and the rivers that flow into them Indigenous cultures settled the southwest corner of Lake Michigan for thousands of Hummer years before the arrival of European explorers and traders in the 18th century The attraction of this location s geography to them was the short less than two mile portage between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers The primary obstacle in this portage was a slough called Mud Lake Overcoming this obstacle and assuring the smooth flow of trade westward to St Louis and beyond became a major factor in the growth of the city and in turn its influence on the river beginning with the establishment of a farm by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable in 1784 and the building of Fort Dearborn in 1803 The engineering history of decades of building various ditches and canals to both divert and utilize the waterways of the Chicago River is a major part of the book which also discusses the engineering of major construction projects such as raising the city eight feet above the river to accommodate sewers and flooding Hill also devotes herself to showing the ecological conseuences of these projects which over theears turned the river into an open sewer followed by efforts to undo the damage restore the uality of the water and provide recreational activities such as kayaking and the Riverwalk While I found some of the history a bit tedious my overall appreciation for what I was learning about the cityriver Used and abused Straightened and channelized Reversed and revered But never ignored An intimate biography of the heroic creek that Chicago made When Jolliet and Maruette used the Chicago portage the Chicago River was a humble even sluggish stream
Exus made this book well worth reading I love this book Ms Hill has put so much into this book that it is truly satisfying It is one of my favorite books I keep going back to it Thank With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) you for writing this Chicago s streets were raised up to make a sewer systemThe Chicago River had it s flow reverse to take sewage away from the cityAndet Chicago is still full of shit This is clearly a local interest book Having grown up in Chicago I found it fascinating but someone from elsewhere would likely fall asleep I actually thought about this book esterday wading through mud in Lake County and it was nice to know the history that this area was all mud swamp at one time Recommend for locals not so much for others Some of it is very interesting but there is too much talk about sewage which I get is at the heart of the river but I also got the point rather uickly I would have liked to understand the environmental impacts social and physical It does a good job w the last one but I felt the other two were touched on only briefly The true engineering efforts were not described in detail like how did they do some of this engineering in the 19th and early 20th century But I do feel knowledgeable and I know some cool stories about Chicago and it s etymology I have been interested in the engineering feat that is the Chicago River s direction of flow We all know it was reversed but how did they do that And what maverick just decided THAT was how they would solved the problems This book is a book foundation for my obsession but I m still on the look out for a book that is ONLY about the reversal process I m currently reading this so I ll update this once I finish Very very thorough And very very dry Ironic considering this is a book about a river and its watershed I only read this or most of it for work It kinda sorta helped me understand the history of the Chicago River better but only when I was able to keep my eyes open long enough to read than one or two paragraphs without falling asleep Well written book Definitely compelling inside baseball for those who are interested in Chicago history Topography in genera. N the right place at the right time That's the story of the making of Chicago This is the other storythe making and perpetual re making of a river by everything from pre glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city Libby Hill.