Historical Snippets and its' once beach
This post is related to my next post called Belmont Harbor Press which is a collection of press photos of the harborbut first ...
This post is related to my next post called Belmont Harbor Press
How it Came to Be,Riparian Rights
Before existence of Sheridan Road and North Lake Shore Drive The then existing lakefront was once full of street-end beaches and Riparian Rights of the property owners along the then existing lakefront. So, to understand the expansion of Lincoln Park - the park northward from original space south of Webster Avenue and the constructions of the harbors the reader needs to understand raprian rights and a government's duty to compensate the property owner of their lakefront property if indeed its' acquition Riparian Rights are traditional rights that attach to
waterfront property by virtue of that property actually meeting the shoreline.
They're the rights of the waterfront property owner to gain access to the water
or to gain access to their property from the water. Riparian rights or limits date back the when British Empire owned the American colonies. Riparian Rights/Limits became a major issue in the late 19th century early 20th. Who owns the land under the water & access to the lake, the property owner?, the city,? the State of Illinois? And what is 'fair' compensation for the shoreline property?pdf file on the subjectThe Pier that was in the WayThis became a police matter due to a complex legal issue concerning ownership of water rights along Lake Michigan and the desire to expand the park northward beyond Belmont Avenue. A State of Illinois sanctioned Lincoln Board of Commissioners earned the right to over-ride riparian legality and to order the police to remove the privately owned pier so the landfill for the park could continue northward beyond Belmont Yacht Harbor. The harbor apparently opened in 1913.
Below is an article from 1894 about the loss of Riparian Rightsto an apparent property ownerProperty owner sues the governing board responsible for the Lincoln Park expansion at Addison & Lake Shore Drivein 1916 A Federal Lawon Riparian Rights & its Limitsin 1917this law would in allow the Lincoln Board of Commissioners to arbitrary buy private beaches from private ownership and allow the extension of the park further northThe Then Existing Lakefront in 1894several roadways let to street-end beaches including Belmont Avenue until the widening/expanding of Lake Shore Drive 1937-1942 by the WPA but not for lakeshore issues but for the deed(s) to the land itself. Their were several claims to it at the time. It is important to note Huntley once owned property from Grace Street to Addison Street, Evanston Avenue (Broadway) to the then existing lakefront. He also owned the Lake View Hotel from 1854 until the early 1880's??.
both for Diversey and Belmont Harbors prior to 1916both maps are part of my private collection
Opened by 1913from Diversey to W Sheridan Roadthis map corresponds with the article abovezoomed view belowI would guess this is Cornelia Street, the northern border of Lincoln Park at that timeThe invasion of Manila Harbor of 1898The re-inacted in 1917 at Belmont HarborA 1939 Survey Depiction
a 1914 image below - University of Chicago Digital LibraryLincoln Park reached only to Cornelia at this time
The Build Out of the Shoreline
The Vessel History
Rebuilt: Rig changed to schooner at Chicago, IL, March 19, 1878. History: First enrollment issued at Detroit, MI, on July 21, 1865. Disposition: Abandoned in 1921. Donated by Lincoln Park Club, where she had served as clubhouse, to Naval Reserve at Milwaukee, in 1923. Remained at Belmont Harbor between 1921-1923. Being towed to Milwaukee, became waterlogged and sank five miles out from Chicago on September 29, 1923
The Carrier I got a full salute to its new location.
It was sunk near Evanston Township's waters
The floating barge was completed in 1923 and dedicated on Thanksgiving Eve.
Captain MacMillan was one of the original members of the Lincoln Park Yacht Club and on that day messaged in from the Arctic Circle expedition station to his friends in Chicago.
- just beyond the sails/photo source unknown
Mayor Bill Thompson is credited in the creation of a 1915 commission that lead to the current Chicago flag.
1925 photo - The Fish Club 'speakeasy'
1928 photo - Calumet 412
Dredging for a new harbor called Montrose
and probably the same type of vessels to create Belmont/Diversey
The Belmont Hotel along the harbor was completed by 1924
While this postcard has a date of 1940 most of the flats in this postcard were built during the 1920's with the Belmont Hotel in the distance to the left
an article from 1928
Mooring a Vessel
The Storms of 1929
Chicago History Museum
1929 photos below
The 'After the Storm' Photos
Chicago History Museum
photos - Daily News photographer,
Chicago History Museum
There once was a path for horseback riding
I have no idea what this building was - lower right corner.
Trash piles up in the Harbor
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Chicago, being a major commercial and industrial hub, was among the best-protected cities. It had 22 Nike sites, two of which Berhow says had single radar systems that controlled multiple sets of launchers. Berhow says in the mid-1950s more than 600 Nike Ajax missiles were in the Chicago area. This first-generation weapon was designed to intercept a single bomber. A few years later the Ajax was replaced by the Nike Hercules, which would use a nuclear-tipped warhead to destroy multiple aircraft at once. The Chicago region has held Lake Michigan in high regard (yes, it’s both beautiful and useful), but according to Berhow, the lake created a Cold War security challenge, mostly because the radar at the time was limited. “A Soviet Bomber group could actually have flown over the Pole and across Canada, and if it was flying down Lake Michigan, because of the range of the radars, it would have had a difficult time picking it up,” he says. The theory went that these enemy planes would approach undetected, at least until they were so close to Chicago that nothing could be done about any impending doom. That, Berhow says, is a big reason why the military placed three of Chicago’s 22 missile sites near the lake. One missile launch site was at Chicago’s Belmont Harbor with radar control towers near Montrose. Read the entire article
Belmont Harbor 1973 photo - Ebay
My source: Xavier Quintana via HIstorical Chicago-Facebook
held at the harbor
photo - Pablo De Leon
Diane Bronstein - Esty photo - Etsy re4madoprints3 photo - Etsy liamparkinson a winter scene - Etsy via re4madoprints2a winter scene - Etsy re4madoprints2
images - Tale of the Chicago Mackinac Race
Vencedor won 1904 & 07; wrecked in 1911
via Library of Congress
the owners Ben and John McConnell lived on Hawthorne Place during this time. Their mansions remain as of 2022.
image - Tales of Chicago Mackinac Race 1898-1998
2013 View a more placid ride to the island vial YouTube.