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Chicago & North Western Railway, Kinzie Street Bridge, Spanning North Branch of Chicago River, South of K, Chicago, Cook County, IL



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HB455904

HB455905


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Item Title


Location
South of K, Chicago, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-142
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N644).
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
Significance: The Kinzie Street Bridge occupies the site of Chicago's first railroad bridge (1852), and also the nation's first all-steel railroad bridge (1879). The line served Wells Street Station and industries in the Near North Side, contributing much to that area's development. The present structure is an overhead-counterweight bascule bridge based on the patents of Joseph B. Strauss, and was the world's longest and heaviest bascule leaf at the time of its completion. This is a particularly unusual example of its type because certain elements foreshadow Strauss' subsequent development of a heel-trunnion design for long bascule spans.

Subjects
Railroad Bridges
Truss Bridges
Bascule Bridges


Related Names
Finley, William H.
Strauss, Joseph Baerman
Strauss Bascule & Concrete Bridge Company
Toledo-Massillon Bridge Company
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company
Kelly-Atkinson Construction Company
Spivey, Justin M., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING SW. CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY BRIDGE IS IN RAISED POSITION.
2. AERIAL VIEW, LOOKING NORTH. CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY BRIDGE IS AT BOTTOM OF FRAME.


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