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Two young men pose on one of the cross girders supporting the truss bridge that served the Chicago & Northwestern and Union Pacific railroads. The bridge was built in 1896 and had a 119 foot span across the river. Its type of construction is called a…

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Dredging on the Rock River (and other northern Illinois rivers) was not an unusual sight in the late 1890s. The floating dredging barge seen in this photograph was probably in use for increasing the depth of the channel. Similar dredging also took…
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