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Chicago River Bascule Bridge, Michigan Avenue, Spanning Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL



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Location
Spanning Chicago River at North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-37
Building/structure dates: 1920 initial construction
Significance: The development of the Chicago trunnoin bascule bridge occurred during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Despite the controversy over patent infringement -- Joseph E. Strauss charged the City of Chicago engineers with infringing on his patented Strauss-Trunion bascule bridge -- the Chicago bascule received great acclaim within the civil engineering profession. The Michigan Avenue Bridge is among the most ornate of these Chicago River bridges.

Subjects
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Chicago Department Of Tranportation
Von Babo, Alexander


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE FROM THE SOUTHEAST BANK OF THE CHICAGO RIVER
2. VIEW OF BRIDGE FROM SOUTHWEST BANK OF THE CHICAGO RIVER LOOKING NORTH; EQUITABLE BUILDING (CENTER) AND TRIBUNE TOWER (LEFT)
3. DETAIL OF DECK TRUSS, WEST SIDE
4. GENERAL VIEW OF PORTALS LOOKING NORTH
5. SOUTH PORTAL
6. INTERIOR OF CONTROL ROOM
7. DETAIL OF INTERIOR OF CONTROL ROOM
8. BAS-RELIEF DECORATION, 'THE DISCOVERS', MURAL COMMEMORATING JOLLIET, FATHER MARQUETTE, LASALLE AND TONTY
9. BAS-RELIEF DECORATION, 'DEFENSE', MURAL COMMEMORATING THE DEFENSE OF FORT DEARBORN
10. BAS-RELIEF DECORATION, 'PIONEERS'
11. BAS-RELIEF DECORATION, 'REGENERATION,' MURAL COMMEMORATING THE REBUILDING OF CHICAGO AFTER THE GREAT FIRE
12. DETAIL OF TRUNNION GIRDER (LEFT) AND COUNTERWEIGHT (RIGHT), NORTH SPAN
13. DETAIL OF GEARS WITH TRUNNION GEAR IN BACKGROUND, NORTH SPAN
14. GENERAL VIEW OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, NORTH SPAN
15. DETAIL OF ELECTRIC MOTOR AND GEAR SET, NORTH SPAN
16. DETAIL OF TRUNNION GIRDER AND HINGES


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