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Goose Island Walking Tour

  • Posted by mark kolodny
  • on 20 April 2004
  • 24 images

Mark's photos from the Friends of the Chicago River September 1991 walking tour. Many rare shots!


On a pleasant Saturday morning in early September of 1991 the Friends of the Chicago River group conducted a walking tour of Goose Island.

View looks E-SE at the Milwaukee Road's drawbridge over the North Branch Channel, a canal dug through local clay deposits by brickbuilders in the 1800s. This is what makes Goose Island an island.


Looking SW at the North Branch Turning Basin.

Warehouse on the left is on north end of Goose Island

Cranes on the right background service a scrapyard on Magnolia Street.



North Branch turning basin.

Looks like someone had to work on Saturday!

These towboats are designed to lower themselves so that bridges do not need to be raised and traffic halted.

Few, if any, facilties north of Fullerton Avenue still utilize barges in 2004.



Crossing the drawbridge to Goose Island; view looks south

Looking west from the bridge to the North Avenue drawbridge and the now-gone Procter & Gamble plant, once an important rail customer for both the CNW and Milwuakee Road


At the time, the track on the left ran to a facility just north of Division Street while the track on the right ran down Cherry Street to Halsted Street/Akzo Salt.

Sears Tower is in the far background; view looks south.


Looking north at the drawbridge from Goose Island.


Hopper car facility; view looks north from Division Street.

North Branch Channel looking north from Division Street Drawbridge.