Archive ID: 2018-074-084

South Chicago factory district

Date Created: 1906-10-27

Created By: P. Schmidt

Donor: Raymond Mulac

Media Type: Postcard

Language: English


The Calumet and Chicago Canal and Dock Company, incorporated in 1869, lobbied Congress successfully for legislation which provided funds to deepen the Calumet river and improve other facilities. In 1873, South Chicago was made a port of entry. Early development, as seen in this post card view, was concentrated along the river. This scene c1870s predates the coming of the large steel mills when industry was dominated by lumber yards, planing mills, sawmills and coal yards. As the community grew, it spread westward away from the river. One of the early main streets of South Chicago was Harbor Avenue which paralleled the river.

Rights Policy:

Materials posted on this site have been donated to the Southeast Chicago Historical Society and Museum for public use. If there are any questions or concerns about materials posted, please contact us. Some of the materials on this site are protected under Creative Commons licensing. For information on use and reproduction, please see the following Rights Policy.


Contact us with any inquiries.


Buildings/Landmarks   Environment   Infrastructure   Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands   Ports and Ships   1900-1919 (WWI Era)   South Chicago   Other/Unknown   Postcard   2018-074   Buildings   Calumet River   Correspondence   Letters   Ohio   Smokestacks