Genealogy -- Chicago
In working on genealogy for ancestors who lived in Chicago, I wanted to get closer to envisioning what they may have seen.
Looking north along Michigan Ave (out of frame on the left) from Jackson St, 1857, Chicago. The body of water to the left of the breakwater was called the Basin. Small boats would anchor there and in the winter it would freeze over for ice skating. The Basin would eventually be filled in to create Grant Park.
Looking north on Michigan Avenue in 1868, with the homes of prosperous businessmen on the left. Grant Park was nothing more than a marsh-filled lagoon, with rail lines on the right, between Lake Michigan and the lagoon-like area. The estimated vantage point of this photo is from where Congress Avenue is now located.