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Bridge Tenders

Bridge Tender Cal Bennett in interior of Bridge Tender's House, 95th Street Bridge, 1987

Cal Bennett tended the bascule bridge over the Calumet River at 95th Street in 1987.

See also: Calumet River; Bridges

Bridge tender house, Halsted Street Bridge,1957

The bridge tender’s house is a small frame structure to the side of the Halsted Street Bridge in 1957. The bascule bridge required a tender to raise and lower the bridge leaves as ships required passage through the river.

See also: Bridges

Gustav Massman, Bridge Tender, 1985

Gustav Massman was a longtime bridge tender in Chicago. For many years, he was in charge of the Halsted Street Bridge on Goose Island. His obituary offers a glimpse of life as a bridge tender in twentieth-century Chicago.

See also: Near North Side; Chicago River

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