Charles Sumner Frost

Municipal Pier #2 (Navy Pier)

Navy Pier with a sign for Goodrich boats

Chicago in the early 1900s was a mess, to put it lightly. Despite an official motto of “urbs in horto”—city in a garden—it was anything but. It was crowded. Dirty. Stinky. Think traffic is bad now? Fuhgeddaboudit. So many ships were coming into the Chicago River that you could barely cross it because the bridges …

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