“Bridged” – A Familiar Chicago Experience

One of the many perils for a Chicago pedestrian in the late 19th century.

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Commercial traffic along the Chicago River was generally given priority over pedestrians and street traffic, meaning that accessibility across the city’s numerous swing bridges could be spotty, at best, during the busiest hours of the day. This scene from a late 19th-century periodical shows a small crowd waiting for the bridge to swing back across on its center pivot (note ship moving on both sides), allowing access to the other side.

Hand-colored wood engraving based on sketches by Charles Graham. Published in New York in the May 28, 1887 issue of Harper’s Weekly.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1887

Author: Harper's Weekly

Sheet Width (in): 10.9

Sheet Height (in): 15.9

Condition: A

Condition Description: Light toning around the outer (slightly uneven) edges, consistent with age. Option matte available upon request.

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