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Crane (2)
Crane (2)
TitleCrane (2)
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingMarch 11, 1928
DescriptionDrawing of a crane. The drawing shows the Brandon road view of the work being done on the waterway. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleMastodon-like machines help build waterway : scoop out huge shovels full of earth for lock excavation.
Date of ArticleMarch 11, 1928
Transcript of the ArticleFrom Joliet Herald-News Sunday March 11, 1928 "It's a far cry from the mammoth construction of the deep waterway now proceeding briskly at Brandon's bridge, to that far away period, 92 years ago, when the virgin soil of the Desplaines valley was first shoveled out to make the channel for what is now the old Illinois and Michigan canal. It was in 1836 when the valley seethed with the labors of hundreds of unskilled workers, clustering like ants, digging, shoveling and carting away the earth, with nothing better than the old wheelbarrow, the pick, and the shovel to accomplish wonders. But now how changed. How calmly move the mastodon machines that are capable of devouring as much earth in one mouthful as 25 or 30 men could handle with pick and shovel in a day. Or there abouts. Has 100-Foot Boom. Ralph S. Heath, who is the resident engineer in charge of the entire works at Brandon Bridge, courteously gave useful information in regard to various interesting features of this stupendous project. That large and domineering looking instrument with a dark box-like body emitting smoke and steam and one long business-like arm, reaching into the sky in the picture in the adjoining column is described as a dragline, ‘Marian' by name. Its entire title seeming quite inadequate to its size and majesty. It has a 100-foot ‘boom' while its bucket holds two and one-half cubic yards of gravel or earth, at once, enough to make three old wagon loads. Its three attendants, a fireman, an engineer, and a laborer, take the place of 20 to 30 men with the old type shovel, as perhaps you see in the drawing, the husky ‘marian drag line' has been operating upon a hole in the earth which is just about the place where the east wall of the big lock will be finally. Ready to Pour Concrete. But the smaller drag line, is working on the spot where it is said the west wall of the lock will be when all is said and done so well that in a very short time they will be pouring concrete for this lock wall, which is to stand several feet deep in the solid rock below. Some figures given by Mr. Heath, as for instance, that 180, 000 cubic yards of concrete must be poured, just for the lock are so stupendous that they stun the mind. As, again there are to be three millions pounds of structural steel. See what it costs at 10 cents a pound. Do you see the long low hill of black dirt at the right of Marian? There are 20, 000 cubic yards of fine black dirt depositing along the outside, waiting to be placed for the upper soil around the locks where all is finished. All the walls will have a ‘back fill of gravel, then earth. The embankment is to be 30 feet high, and will be approximately 100 feet wide, on each side. Here will be the pretty gardens of the lock tender and his family. Lock 600 Feet Long. The main dimensions of the lock will be 1, 000 feet long over all, with 600 feet length locking capacity. It will be 110 feet wide between the walls with a draft of 14 feet thru the locks. Moreover, there is to be a stupendous lift of 31 feet between the upper and lower pools. And here may be locked thru 9, 000 tons of freight at one locking, taking probably 20 minutes to half an hour in the process. The locks here are to be the same width as the locks in the Panama canal. Which is of course 1, 000 feet long—against 600 feet here. The Lockport lift of 41 feet is the highest in the world, said Mr. Heath. Some of the locks like—the Hennepin or the Erie—are mere babies beside our own husky infant. To Cost Millions. And speaking of money values, the sums seem even more stupendous. Mr. Heath said that this job will run to four million dollars, covering locks and dam. The so-called ‘wall' or ‘pool', including a tunnel, will reach two millions. Originally it was intended to spend in the Joliet district approximately one-third of 200 millions, that is to say, somewhere near eight millions. This will include bridges and property purchased in connection. Roy F. Tighe, who is accountant and purchaser, was formerly of Kankakee, but intends to buy a house and make his home here. Roy Shackleton is general superintendent of the entire works. And each head is extremely courteous to visitors and hopes that more people will take advantage of the opportunity to watch the work in progress. It is a busy and a picturesque place. Little cottage offices are charming and comfortable. But over all is that intangible but easily felt atmosphere of something big in the making. Progress is often like that."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description28.5 cm. x 22.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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