Archer avenue bridge, topside, 1906.

This view looks eastward toward Bridgeport. This particular bridge, a single-leaf, trunnion bascule bridge, had just replaced a combination wood/iron swing bridge that had been built in 1870, which had in turn replaced an earlier bridge of an unknown type -- probably wooden. This is the crossing Bridgeport iron workers would have used each day. Note the street car (see also the previous picture). Prior to 1884, the horse car line terminated at the South Fork of the river in Bridgeport. Huge horse car barns were built on the river bank and remained for many years thereafter. Bridgeport probably had more horses than people in its early years. The bridge pictured here no longer exists.


Source: Chicago Department of Public Works Annual Report, 1906, p. 11. See bibliography for publication information.

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