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Clark Street Bridge, Chicago

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The Clark Street Bridge is a bascule bridge that spans the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, connecting the Near North Side with The Loop.HistoryThe current bridge, which was completed in 1929, is the eighth bridge to span the river at this point. In 1853 the bridge was struck by a steamer, called the London, and collapsed, blocking traffic on the river. The bridge was dredged and river traffic resumed on September 8. In 1854, the city approved an expenditure of $12,000 to replace the bridge with a pivot bridge. During the Lager Beer Riot in 1855, the bridge was pivoted to help contain the rioters.The SS Eastland was supposed to sail from the dock at the Clark Street Bridge on July 24, 1915 when it capsized.In March 2012, an unidentified man jumped from the bridge and was rescued by a local high school on a field trip. He would later die of hypothermia.In popular cultureIn 1916, Carl Sandburg wrote the poem "Clark Street Bridge."
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  • If you are wondering why this is an attraction: 1. This bridge was knocked down by a boat in the 1850s. 2. In the 1920 poet Carl Sandburg wrote a poem called the Clark Street Bridge. So yeah, some nea...  more »
  • America-a country young, its history is absolutely nothing and in this way they do the right thing that does not ruin all the little-functional, rebuilding for convenience and modern needs. It's about this bridge and a dozen more like it in Chicago. The Bridge, of course, is difficult to cope with the current flow of cars, but looks good and is the history of the city since the 19th century.
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