The Lost Panoramas by Michael Williams
When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond

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IPPY Award Gold Medalist for Great Lakes: Best Regional Non-Fiction


With more than 150 never-before-published duotone images, taken between 1892 and 1930, this collection explores the history of the Chicago River and the impact its reversal had on the watershed all the way to the Mississippi River. Offering the most complete description available of the river reversal, the stories told here provide a better understanding as to how it was done and why it was necessary, as well as how the water from the Chicago River is treated. The photographs were pulled from a glass plate photo collection taken by the Sanitary District of Chicago.


About Michael Williams

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Michael Williams is the author or coauthor of 10 books on Chicago history, including Chicago: City on the Move. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Richard Cahan is a former picture editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and was the director of CITY 2000. He lives in Skokie, Illinois. They are the coauthors of Edgar Miller and the Hand-Made Home and Richard Nickel's Chicago.
Published January 1, 2011 by CityFiles Press.
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel, History.