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Last Council of the Pottawatomies, 1833
Postcard. The Last Council of the Pottawatomies, 1833, from the painting by Lawrence C. Earle. Artist Lawrence C. Earle’s scenes depicting the history of Chicago were originally painted for the Banking...
Winter Quarters of Father Marquette, 1674
Canoes; Houses; Tipis; Winter; Portages; Rivers;
Postcard. The Winter Quarters of Father Marquette, 1674, from the painting by Lawrence C. Earle. At the mouth of the Arkansas River, Jolliet and Marquette encountered hostile Indians and Spaniards who...
Michigan Avenue, Plan of Chicago, 1909
Proposed boulevard to connect the north and south sides of the river; view looking north from Washington Street. The boulevard is raised to allow free flow of east-and-west teaming traffic under it, and...
Lake Shore, from Foot of 23rd Street, ca. 1893
Debris; Beaches; Coastlines; Lakes & ponds; People
Reproduction from a viewbook. Lake Shore, from Foot of 23rd Street, ca. 1893. Rubbish from the Fire was used to fill in the area on the lakeshore between the outlying Illinois Central railroad track and...
Lakefront from the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building
Walking; People; Children; Flags; Flagpoles; Boardwalks; Exhibition buildings; Lakes & ponds;
Reproduction of a photograph.
On the Grand Basin, July 14, 1892
Passengers; Piers & wharves; Boats
Reproduction of an albumen print
View southwest from the roof of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, 1893
Women; Lamps; Panoramic views;
Reproduction of an albumen print.
"Received in store from Barge [Adrana] for Mr. Z. Brown, Chicago, to forward to M. Kingman & Company, Buffalo, April 29, 1840."
Steamboats and vessels from the East stopped at Chicago's port, which served as a great thoroughfare for both goods and passengers bound for the interior of the country.
Bigelow House Hotel, ca. 1871
Stereograph. Bigelow House Hotel, ca. 1871. P.B. Greene, photographer
Cribben & Sexton Stove Warehouse, ca. 1871
Stereograph. Cribben & Sexton Stove Warehouse, ca. 1871. Lovejoy & Foster, photographers.
View from Dearborn Park looking northeast, ca. 1860s. Copelin & Melander, photographers
Parks; Trails & paths; Trees; Buildings; Business enterprises;
Stereograph. View from Dearborn Park looking northeast, ca. 1860s. Copelin & Melander, photographers. The main offices of the Pullman Palace Car Company dominate this early view of Dearborn Park. In the...
View from the Breakwater, Michigan Avenue, ca. 1860s
Stereograph. View from the Breakwater, Michigan Avenue, ca. 1860s. Copelin & Melander, photographers
View of Chicago in Ruins from the Michigan Avenue Hotel, 1871
Ruins; Buildings; Hotels
Stereograph. View of Chicago in Ruins from the Michigan Avenue Hotel, 1871. Lovejoy & Foster, photographers. Fifty years of steady growth ended on October 8, 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire destroyed...
Western News Company, ca. 1871. J.H. Abbott, photographer
Stereograph. Western News Company, ca. 1871. J.H. Abbott, photographer
Chicago South Park Commission, Plan of the South Open Ground..., as proposed to be laid out by Olmsted, Vaux & Company, Landscape Architects, 1871
The design for Chicago's park system began in 1869, with Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s ambitious proposal for the South Park.
S.S. "Christopher Columbus" (Whaleback), 1893
Ships; Passengers; Piers & wharves; Whalebacks; Steamboats
The S.S. Christopher Columbus is the most famous "whaleback" of the 43 ships of this type built. Whalebacks were developed in Duluth, Minnesota, by Captain Alexander MacDougall for freight service. The...
S.S. Minnesota, n.d.
Steamboats; Lakes & ponds;
The S.S. Minnesota began as the iron-package freighter, the Harlem, in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1888. In 1911, she was converted to a passenger steamer for her new owner, the Chicago & Duluth Transportation...
Windsor Park Bathing Club original members, n.d.
The Windsor Park Bathing Club was founded in 1900. Family memberships cost $4.00 for the duration of the life of the club, which was discontinued in 1903. Members could enjoy outdoor activities at the...
East Side of the Transportation Building, 1893
Facades; Deterioration; Sculpture
The World's Columbian Exposition buildings stood with elegant facades, presenting a city in trompe-l'oeil, an optical illusion. They were designed to be temporary, however, and Fair visitors would recollect...
World's Columbian Exposition Administration Building
Exhibition buildings; Exhibitions; Fountains; Domes; People; Flagpoles; Flags; Walkways; Fairs; Temporary buildings
The World's Columbian Exposition ran from May 1 to October 30, 1893. The Administration Building was formed of four pavilions, 84 feet square and connected by a great central dome 120 feet in diameter...
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