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The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its…

The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond

by Michael Williams

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0978545001, Hardcover)

With more than 150 never-before-published duotone images, taken between 1892 and 1930, this collection explores the history of the Chicago River and the impact its reversal had on the watershed all the way to the Mississippi River. Offering the most complete description available of the river reversal, the stories told here provide a better understanding as to how it was done and why it was necessary, as well as how the water from the Chicago River is treated. The photographs were pulled from a glass plate photo collection taken by the Sanitary District of Chicago.

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"This unique history book is more about what was lost when the Chicago River was reversed than it is about what was gained. The book is based on the discovery of glass negatives that had been overlooked for a century. The photographers carefully documented Illinois waterways and neighboring land before, during, and after this massive project. It is unexpected and thrilling to see pre-reversal views largely unchanged from the ones that explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette would have seen as they paddled up the Illinois River in 1673. The reversal of the Chicago River remains one of the civil engineering wonders of the world, but this important and beautiful book, and the photographs that made it possible, will be of great assistance in reappraisals of that project in our own more environmentally-sensitive world."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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