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Section 51 - Howard-Dempster Construction

1-View North from NB track, showing NSL and RT station areas at Dempster St - 05/18/1926 (NSL Photo)

2-Wide photo showing Howard Yard and rapid transit tracks, as well as industries and sidings west of the yard - 05/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

3-Wide photo looking west showing Evanston branch, substation, yard leads, and industries west of Howard - 05/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

4-Wide photo from top of building (seems to be West of side of NW 'L'), showing substation, industries, and possibly Howard St?? - 05/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

5-Wide photo, view East across canal at location of Niles Center branch bridge over channel - 04/02/1924 (NSL Photo)

6-View North showing overpass over canal and CNW tracks, taken on C&NW tracks - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

7-View NW from east side of canal, looking across canal showing construction of bridge piers - 10/02/1924 (NSL Photo)

8-View NW from east side of canal, looking across canal showing construction of bridge piers - 09/25/1924 (NSL Photo)

9-View west across canal showing construction of bridge piers, line across canal for moving supplies - 10/16/1924 (NSL Photo)

10-View west across canal showing completed concrete piers for bridge - 10/30/1924 (NSL Photo)

11-View East from east side of canal showing initial erection of steel bridge supports - 12/04/1924 (NSL Photo)

12-View north from east of canal, large concrete abuttment for bridge at Canal - 10/16/1924No Date (NSL Photo)

13-Looking NE at large concrete abuttment for bridge east of Canal - 10/16/1924 (NSL Photo)

14-View West from east side of canal showing wood forms near Canal for bridge - 09/11/1924 (NSL Photo)

15-View down into wood forms, West abuttment Canal, showing workmen and concrete being poured - 09/11/1924 (NSL Photo)

16-View east from east side of canal of wood forms for large concrete abuttment at Canal - 09/11/1924 (NSL Photo)

17-View East from west side of canal showing construction work near Canal - 09/04/1924 (NSL Photo)

18-View west from west side of canal, initial construction west of C&NW at Canal - 07/17/1924 (NSL Photo)

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