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 place for harvesting freshwater clams and mussels for the button industry. It is unclear which truss bridge is seen in the background. Other similar photos in the collection include 90.5.52 and 88.122.718.
circa 1895 - 1905
Midway Village Museum
Glass Plate Negative
8" x 10"
“River Dredging,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed July 25, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/1266.