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The Chicago River A Natural and Unnatural History (Paperback)

Author:  Libby Hill
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 189312102X
ISBN-13: 9781893121027
Sku: 30644895
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  303
Age Range:  NA
Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored. An intimate biography of the heroic creek that Chicago made. When Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage, the Chicago River was a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story?the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city. Libby Hill brings together years of original research and field explorations to tell the Chicago River's epic and exciting tale, including her discrediting of Chicago's 1885 cholera epidemic as an urban legend, which is now considered the final word on the topic.
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Offers a history of the Chicago River, covering the geology and physical geography of the river's drainage basin and the engineering measures taken since 1871 to alter its flow and direction.


Bloomsbury Review
"Well researched and rich in detail, this can be an eye-opening read for local residents as well as river lovers everywhere." - A. T. Tannata July/August 2001
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