The Chicago Water Tower

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Contaminated drinking water killed thousands of Chicago’s original citizens, so the city took the unprecedented step of digging a tunnel two miles long and 30 feet below lake bottom. Since the facilities on shore included an unsightly 138-foot vertical pipe, famed architect William Boyington concealed it with a limestone, castle-like tower that soon became a celebrated landmark. Through the first 150 years of its existence, Chicago’s iconic Water Tower has survived the Great Fire—the only public structure in the burn zone to do so—and at least four attempts at demolition. John Hogan pays tribute to the beloved monument that accompanied the evolution of Michigan Avenue from cowpath to Magnificent Mile.
ISBN: 9781467144971
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Landmarks
Images: 75
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Chicago native John F. Hogan is a published historian and former broadcast journalist and on-air reporter (WGN-TV/Radio) who has written and produced newscasts and documentaries specializing in politics, government, the courts and the environment. As WGN-TV’s environmental editor, he became the first recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award. His work also has been honored by the Associated Press. Hogan left broadcasting to become director of media relations and employee communications for Commonwealth Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Hogan is the author of Edison’s one-hundred-year history, A Spirit Capable, as well as five other Chicago books with The History Press: Chicago Shakedown, Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards, Forgotten Fires of Chicago, The 1937 Chicago Steel Strike and The Great Chicago Beer Riot. He holds a BS in journalism/communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and presently works as a freelance writer and public relations consultant.
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