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The story of the making and perpetual remaking of the Chicago River by everything from preglacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city is encompassed in this intimate biography of the heroic body of water. The book discusses how when French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time.

American Regional History Publishing Award - 1st Place - Midwest Region

Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award - 2nd Place - History

One of ten "outstanding nominations" for the Abel Wolman Award for the best new book in the field of public works history

Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored...

An Intimate Biography of the Heroic Creek that Chicago Made

When French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story--the story of the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city.

Synopsis:

American Regional History Publishing Award - 1st Place - Midwest Region

Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award - 2nd Place - History

One of ten "outstanding nominations" for the Abel Wolman Award for the best new book in the field of public works history

Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored...

An Intimate Biography of the Heroic Creek that Chicago Made

When French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story--the story of the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city.

Synopsis:

Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored. An intimate biography of the heroic creek that Chicago made. When Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage, the Chicago River was a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story?the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city. Libby Hill brings together years of original research and field explorations to tell the Chicago River's epic and exciting tale, including her discrediting of Chicago's 1885 cholera epidemic as an urban legend, which is now considered the final word on the topic.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-284) and index.

About the Author

Libby Hill grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore. Soon after college graduation, she met and married her husband, and they moved to Evanston, Illinois, where they have lived ever since. In 1969, Libby received her graduate degree in library science from what was then Rosary College, now Dominican University, in River Forest, Illinois. Wanting to learn more about the natural world led her to a graduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. She now teaches a course in that department. Libby and her husband have always enjoyed travel. They love rivers and have sought out the headwaters of the Yukon, Mississippi, Missouri, and Suwanee, among others. She also loves searching for birds in the wild. Her ambition is to see every National Wildlife Refuge in the United States, a goal that's always out of reach because, fortunately, refuges are being created faster than she can visit them. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781893121027
Author:
Hill, Libby
Publisher:
Lake Claremont Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - Midwest - Chicago
Subject:
Chicago River (Ill.)
Subject:
Chicago River
Subject:
Chicago River Region
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Illinois
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
303
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 303 pages Lake Claremont Press - English 9781893121027 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , American Regional History Publishing Award - 1st Place - Midwest Region

Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award - 2nd Place - History

One of ten "outstanding nominations" for the Abel Wolman Award for the best new book in the field of public works history

Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored...

An Intimate Biography of the Heroic Creek that Chicago Made

When French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story--the story of the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city.

"Synopsis" by , Used and abused. Straightened and channelized. Reversed and revered. But never ignored. An intimate biography of the heroic creek that Chicago made. When Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage, the Chicago River was a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story?the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city. Libby Hill brings together years of original research and field explorations to tell the Chicago River's epic and exciting tale, including her discrediting of Chicago's 1885 cholera epidemic as an urban legend, which is now considered the final word on the topic.
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