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The tunnel under the lake : the engineering marvel that saved Chicago, Benjamin Sells

Label
The tunnel under the lake : the engineering marvel that saved Chicago
Title
The tunnel under the lake
Title remainder
the engineering marvel that saved Chicago
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Sells
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Tunnel under the Lake recounts the gripping story of how the young city of Chicago, under the leadership of an audacious engineer named Ellis Chesbrough, constructed a two-mile tunnel below Lake Michigan in search of clean water. Despite Chicago's location beside the world's largest source of fresh water, its low elevation at the end of Lake Michigan provided no natural method of carrying away waste. As a result, within a few years of its founding, Chicago began to choke on its own sewage collecting near the shore. The befouled environment, giving rise to outbreaks of sickness and cholera, became so acute that even the ravages and costs of the U.S. Civil War did not distract city leaders from taking action. Chesbrough's solution was an unprecedented tunnel five feet in diameter lined with brick and dug sixty feet beneath Lake Michigan. Construction began from the shore as well as the tunnel's terminus in the lake. With workers laboring in shifts and with clay carted away by donkeys, the lake and shore teams met under the lake three years later, just inches out of alignment. When it opened in March 1867, observers, city planners, and grateful citizens hailed the tunnel as the "wonder of America and of the world." Benjamin Sells narrates in vivid detail the exceptional skill and imagination it took to save this storied city from itself. A wealth of fascinating appendixes round out Sells's account, which will delight those interested in Chicago history, water resources, and the history of technology and engineering
Member of
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sells, Benjamin
Dewey number
363.61097731109034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
TD225.C5
LC item number
S45 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Second to none: Chicago stories
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chesbrough, Ellis Sylvester
  • Municipal water supply
  • Water-supply engineering
  • Water tunnels
  • Waterworks
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Chesbrough, Ellis Sylvester
  • Buildings
  • Municipal water supply
  • Water-supply engineering
  • Water tunnels
  • Waterworks
  • Illinois
  • HISTORY / Historical Geography
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply
Label
The tunnel under the lake : the engineering marvel that saved Chicago, Benjamin Sells
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Buckets, wells, and water carts -- The city takes over -- The engineer -- The Chesbrough plan -- Building the great Chicago lake tunnel -- The two-mile crib -- The wonder of America -- Never-ending demand -- Water and fire -- Epilogue -- Appendixes. Appendix A: Population of early Chicago, 1833-69 ; Appendix B: Chicago political roster, 1837-71 ; Appendix C: Annotated contract and specifications for the lake tunnel ; Appendix D: Expenditures on the lake tunnel and crib, 1863-April 1867 ; Appendix E: Growth of the Chicago waterworks, 1854-70 ; Appendix F: Chronology
Control code
959265419
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
193 pages
Isbn
9780810134744
Lccn
2017000235
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027171737
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)959265419
Label
The tunnel under the lake : the engineering marvel that saved Chicago, Benjamin Sells
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Buckets, wells, and water carts -- The city takes over -- The engineer -- The Chesbrough plan -- Building the great Chicago lake tunnel -- The two-mile crib -- The wonder of America -- Never-ending demand -- Water and fire -- Epilogue -- Appendixes. Appendix A: Population of early Chicago, 1833-69 ; Appendix B: Chicago political roster, 1837-71 ; Appendix C: Annotated contract and specifications for the lake tunnel ; Appendix D: Expenditures on the lake tunnel and crib, 1863-April 1867 ; Appendix E: Growth of the Chicago waterworks, 1854-70 ; Appendix F: Chronology
Control code
959265419
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
193 pages
Isbn
9780810134744
Lccn
2017000235
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027171737
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)959265419

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