This website is based on my book entitled “Two Miles – Eighteen Bridges, A walk along the Chicago River.” The book was borne out of my fascination for the wide range of bridge styles in a relatively small geographical area. My objective in writing this book was to go beyond the basic statistical facts and figures to include historical and cultural impacts of the bridges and be free of jargon, so that the book could be an enjoyable read to all.
This website is a summary of the bridge and tour information presented in the book. Additional information found in the book is a discussion of Chicago history as it relates to the river crossings; the evolution of movable bridges in Chicago; biographical information of some of the key engineers; engineering concepts and bridge details are also provided.
The book is available for download on scribd.com. Click here for details.
This site went live in 2008. In that time, there have been a few changes in the scope of the effort and a number of updates and improvements have been incorporated. Free information is still a large part of the site, but we offer a few bridge related souvenirs including photographs. These are available here. The photographs on this site are a team effort with Patricia Armell.
If you enjoy the information provided in this website or have questions or comments, please feel free to use the e-mail link below to contact me.
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