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By Patrick T. McBriarty

Chicago River Bridges offers the untold heritage and improvement of Chicago's iconic bridges, from the 1st wooden footbridge outfitted via 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 severe in connecting and reconnecting the folk, undefined, and neighborhoods of a urban that's continually remaking itself. during this publication, writer Patrick T. McBriarty exhibits how generations of Chicagoans outfitted (and rebuilt) the thriving urban trisected by way of the Chicago River and associated by way of its many crossings.This entire 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 latest bridges and a couple of hundred black and white pictures of bridges previous, the booklet reveals the wealthy heritage of Chicago's downtown bridges from the Michigan street Bridge to the customarily forgotten bridges that after hooked up thoroughfares reminiscent of Rush, Erie, Taylor, and Polk Streets.Throughout, McBriarty offers new learn into the bridges' architectural designs, engineering ideas, and their influence on Chicagoans' day-by-day lives, explaining how the dominance of the "Chicago-style" bascule drawbridge stimulated the fashion and mechanics of bridges around the globe. A confluence of Chicago heritage, 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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