The Milwaukee bound whaleback S.S. Christopher Columbus awaits passengers at the Goodrich Docks, approximately where the Michigan Ave Bridge now stands, 1910, Chicago.
South Water St. (now Wacker), east from Franklin, 1890, Chicago.
Fireworks on the river, 1979, Chicago.
Looking east from the Dearborn St. Bridge, 1933, Chicago. George Miller.
35 E Wacker (Jewelers’ Building) is in the background.
Michigan Ave at River Street (approx. where Wacker is now), 1900, Chicago.
Note the Fort Dearborn Inn at the intersection.
Ryerson and Burnham Archives, SAIC
Dedication day for the Outer Drive Bridge, 1937, Chicago.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Archives
Aerial view of Riverview Amusement Park, Belmont and Western, 1967, Chicago.
Boys, trying to beat the heat by swimming in the river near the Merchandise Mart, meet a cop who questions their knowledge of the river’s cleanliness, 1947, Chicago.
Water skiing on the Chicago River, 1958, Chicago.
Imagining the ghost of Black Partridge, searching for Fort Dearborn at Michigan Ave and the river, 1922, Chicago.
Black Partridge, a Potawatomi chieftan, was an ally of Chicago’s early settlers and is thought to have tried to protect them during the Fort Dearborn Massacre.
Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Partridge_(chief)
Looking west from the mouth of the river, 1943, Chicago
Enjoy your lunch hour on the river via U-Drive’Em Motor Boats, 1947, Chicago.
A “flying carpet” promotes the Floor Covering Show at the Merchandise Mart, 1957, Chicago.
Aerial looking west from Michigan Ave at the river, 1957, Chicago.
Riverside parking, looking south from the Clark St. Bridge, 1943, Chicago.
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