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Did you know? Chicago was artificially lifted


According to the website of the Chicago History Museum , in the middle of the 19th century the Chicago city authorities wanted to fight cholera by building sewers.

However, the ground was too flat and at level with Lake Michigan. The engineer Ellis S. Chesbrough came up with the idea of raising the whole city by one to two metres (three to six feet).

This was carried out, building by building, over more than 15 years… without disrupting the daily life of the city’s inhabitants!

SOURCE: Espresso

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