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The Chicago River : a natural and unnatural history

Author: Libby Hill
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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"A social and ecological account of the Chicago River, beginning with its geological foundations and extending to the present, the book tells how a sluggish waterway emptying into Lake Michigan became central to the creation of Chicago as a major transportation hub. Originally published by Lake Claremont Press in 2000 and reprinted by SIU Press in 2016, this revised edition updates the story."--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Libby Hill
ISBN: 9780809337071 080933707X
OCLC Number: 1032289896
Notes: Originally published: Lake Claremont Press, 2000.
Description: xxiv, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Prehistory through the eighteenth century --
Location, location, location --
Geological foundations: bedrock and ice --
The Chicago River: branches and forks --
The natural Chicago River: animal, vegetable, and mineral --
Tribal land --
Passages and treaties: on the path to a canal --
Part II. The nineteenth century --
The Illinois and Michigan Canal --
Redesigning the harbor --
Early commerce and the river --
The North Branch settlement --
The Chicago River: clean stream to open sewer --
The I&M Canal: shipping channel to open sewer --
Toward the Sanitary and Ship Canal: from 1880 to shovel day --
Building the channel that saved Chicago --
Part III. Twentieth century --
Reconnecting the city and the river --
The North Shore Channel and the North Branch --
The ascendance of federal authority --
Straightening the South Branch --
Transforming the Skokie Marsh --
The metropolitan water reclamation district, modern sewage treatment, and the tunnel and reservoir project --
Citizens and their river --
Part IV. Early years of the twenty-first century --
The MWRD and disinfection --
Invasive carp: the case of the Sanitary and Ship Canal --
Greening the watershed --
The evolution of a riverwalk --
Retrospective.
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