The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History

The Chicago River A Natural and Unnatural History 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

  • Title: The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History
  • Author: Libby Hill
  • ISBN: 9781893121027
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 andUsed 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.

    One thought on “The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History”

    1. Very very thorough. And very very dry. Ironic, considering this is a book about a river and its watershed. I only read this (or most of it) for work. It kinda sorta helped me understand the history of the Chicago River better, but only when I was able to keep my eyes open long enough to read more than one or two paragraphs without falling asleep.

    2. I love this book. Ms. Hill has put so much into this book that it is truly satisfying. It is one of my favorite books. I keep going back to it. Thank you for writing this!

    3. This is clearly a local interest book. Having grown up in Chicago, I found it fascinating, but someone from elsewhere would likely fall asleep. I actually thought about this book yesterday wading through mud in Lake County and it was nice to know the history (that this area was all mud / swamp at one time). Recommend for locals - not so much for others.

    4. As promised, this is a comprehensive history of the Chicago River, taking it from its meandering origins in the muck left behind by retreating glaciers to the increasingly constrained path it takes today. Overall, the book provides a fascinating look at how the waterway spurred the development of Chicago. Its "hop, skip and a jump" of a portage from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi spurred dreams of trade and profit.Author Libby Hill is thorough in exploring the different facets of the Chicago [...]

    5. I have been interested in the engineering feat that is the Chicago River's direction of flow. We all know it was reversed but how did they do that? And what maverick just decided THAT was how they would solved the problems? This book is a book foundation for my obsession but I'm still on the look out for a book that is ONLY about the reversal process. I'm currently reading this so I'll update this once I finish.

    6. I was shocked that no one had thought of putting together a book like this until this author came along but it's really not THAT interesting of a read.

    7. Chicago's streets were raised up to make a sewer system.The Chicago River had it's flow reverse to take sewage away from the city.And yet, Chicago is still full of shit.

    8. Although the writing's a little dry, overall a nice, informative read. Definitely a good book for a commute on the way to-and-fro work.

    9. Beuracracy and water, a decent nonfiction book. It can get diffucult to remember all the abreviations though.

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