THE SOUTHEAST CHICAGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Images in the collection -- Subject SCH South Chicago

Bridges - 92nd Street

c1912. Old 92nd street swing bridge over Calumet River connected communities of South Chicago and East Side. View looks west across river toward earliest section of South Chicago near Harbor Avenue. The scene also reflects the river traffic bottleneck caused by swing bridges which were built on piers in the middle of the river channel.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_Transportation; SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_East_Side; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Bridges - 95th Street Draw Bridge

Photo from postcard. View of 95th Street Bridge looking north from west bank of the Calumet River. The bridge connected the South Chicago and East Side communities and was built in the early 1900s to replace a swing bridge that was located at this site. This bridge was replaced in the late 1950s.

Subject: SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_East_Side; SCH_Bridges; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Bridges - Calumet River Railroad Bridges

Four railroad elevator lift bridges crossing the Calumet River at 96th Street. Lake boat passing under, steel mills in the distance. Small structures on top center of the bridges were occupied by bridge tenders. c1915

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_East_Side; SCH_Industry,_Miscellaneous; SCH_Bridges; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Bridges - Pennsylvania Railroad Bridges

Construction of railroad elevator lift bridges crossing the Calumet River at 96th Street. View shows construction of the two bridges for the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago RR. Old Lake Shore & Michigan Southern RR swing bridge is visible in the distance. View is north toward mouth of Calumet River and Lake Michigan.

Subject: SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_East_Side; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Industry - Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Dredge #3

South Chicago IL. Eight-yard dipper dredge No. 3, dredging in Calumet Outer Harbor, for Corps of Engineers, USA. Page 96 from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company book.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Waterways; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Industry - Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Hydraulic Dredge

South Chicago IL. Hydraulic dredge, with forward anchors and ladder removed, undergoing repairs in floating dry dock at our South Chicago yard. Location was at about 93rd and the Calumet River. Page 93 from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company book.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Industry - Great Lakes Dredge & Dock New Tug Boat

South Chicago IL. New tug boat hull on ways, ready to launch at our South Chicago Yard for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. Yard was located in Turning Basin No. 1 at about 93rd and the Calumet River. Page 92 from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company book.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Industry - Morden Frog and Crossing Company

1896. Morden Frog and Crossing Company was founded in South Chicago in the mid-1880s. They were located at Commercial Avenue and the Rock Island RR station. A frog is the crossing point of two rails and forms part of a railroad switch. The company provided numerous items of rail equipment (split switches, rigid frogs, derails, angle bars, etc.) for the Panama Canal.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Industry,_Miscellaneous; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Meeting

Union meeting at Marquette Gardens, 83rd and Marquette Avenue. Members gather outside.

Subject: SCH_Industry,_Steel; SCH_Labor_General; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Meeting

Union meeting at Marquette Gardens, 83rd and Marquette Avenue. Members arrive for meeting, exterior view.

Subject: SCH_Industry,_Steel; SCH_Labor_General; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Parade Float

Car towing Local 65 U. S. Steel Workers' parade float on 92nd Street and Exchange Avenue in front of South Chicago Post Office, c1950.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Social Event

Unions were important community organizations. They not only dealt with workplace issues but with political issues and social activities. They were organizations that crossed over ethnic, religious, and racial lines. Photo shows social event at Local 65 union hall.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 South Works Parking Lot

c1970s. From Local 65 photo collection. Cars in parking lot and on the street outside South Works. Caption on back of photo states "Large unguarded lots with no fences are open invitation to rip-off artists. Photo by Jerry Harris."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Strikers

U. S. Steelworkers picket at gates of Carnegie South Works at start of strike, October 1

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Strikers

U. S. Steelworkers picket at gates of Carnegie South Works at start of strike, October 1.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); SCH_Industry,_Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor - Local 65 Strikers July 1959

United Steelworkers Vice President, Howard Hague, visits Local 65 picket lines with district 31 Director, Joseph Germano, July 1959

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor, Local 65 United Steel Workers

Local 65 United Steel Workers dedication of the Hilding Anderson Union Hall.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor, This Plant on Strike

Two workers playing checkers at United States Steel South Works while on strike. Sign reads "This Plant on Strike - Local 65 United Steel Workers of America." Ore dock unloaders in background.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); SCH_Labor_General; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Labor, Workers on Strike

Workers on strike, picketers carrying signs from Local 65 USA CIO at entrance to Carnegie Illinois Steel (United States Steel South Works)

Subject: U.S._Steel; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Railroads - Train Workers

Railroad crew workers in rail yards behind 83rd and Baltimore Avenue. Man leaning against railroad wheel wearing suspenders is Billy Behn, friend of Mrs. Parus's (donor) father. Engine 622

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Railroads - Train Workers

Railroad crew workers in rail yards behind 83rd and Baltimore Avenue. Man sitting on front of train wearing suspenders is Billy Behn. Engine #622

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Republic Steel - 79th Street Facility

Republic Steel facility at 79th Street and South Chicago Avenue. Originally Grand Crossing Tack Company, a predecessor company to Republic.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; Republic_Steel; LTV; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Republic Steel - YMCA Industrial Softball League - 1939

Photo of softball team from Republic Steel who played in the YMCA Industrial Softball League. It was very common for differnt steel mills and other industrial concerns to sponsor teams in sports' competition. League was sponsored by the South Chicago YMCA.

Subject: SCH_East_Side; SCH_South_Chicago; Republic_Steel; LTV; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - "Greetings from So. Chicago Ill"

c1910. Photo from post card. Includes seven smaller images of churches in the South Chicago neighborhood.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - 88th Street and Commercial Avenue

Streetscape of 8800 block of Commercial Avenue, c1923. Signs read "Dever for Mayor". William Dever defeated William "Big Bill" Thompson for mayor of Chicago in 1923. Church visible in background is Immaculate Conception, a Catholic church founded in 1882 by Polish Catholics. This photo shows a well-developed shopping district.

Subject: SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - 89th Street and Escanaba Avenue

Streetscape on 89th and Escanaba Avenue in South Chicago 1901. In view are two individuals riding bicycles and another person walking. Houses and small businesses are also visible as well as a street sign with street names.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - 92nd Street and Exchange Avenue

c1950. U. S. Post Office. Other businesses in view are Club 21, Brown's Apparel, and across Commercial Avenue are the Washington Hotel and Gassman's Clothing.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - 92nd Street view east from Commercial Avenue, c 1925

Cars and trolleys on 92nd street with Fredup Florist Shop (3017 E. 92nd), Marquee of Bowen Theater (3201 E. 92nd) General Furniture Co. (3039 E. 92nd) and C. R. Cave Department Store (3049 E. 92nd) visible at right.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Commercial Avenue and 91st Street

c1950. Streetscape of intersection of 91st and Commercial Avenue. View looks SW toward Goldblatts Department Store, probably the most important shopping establishment on the Southeast Side.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Commercial Avenue c1908

"Commercial Avenue looking North from 93rd Street, South Chicago Ill." View looks north toward major shopping district of Southeast Side area. Postcard dated September 8, 1908

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Commercial Avenue North of 88th Street

Streetscape of the 8700 block of Commercial Avenue, view is north from 88th Street, c1909. Stairway to Immaculate Conception Church at left, utility poles and streetcar tracks are also visible as well as a sign for M. Maday & Company "Purple Trading Stamps" at right.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Commercial Avenue Shopping District

c1950. Streetscape of Commercial Avenue in South Chicago business district. Businesses in view include the Commercial Market, Kinney Shoes and the New Exchange Fruit Market.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Goldblatt's Department Store Grand Opening

Goldblatt's was the most popular department store on the southeast side. It was located on Commercial Avenue at 91st Street and stood on the site of the former Lederer Store. When first opened, the store was three stories (as shown here) but almost immediately was determined to be too small, and two additional stories were added.

Subject: SCH_Streets; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Mexican Independence Day Parade

Nina Margarita Vorduzco, parade Queen, 1957. South Chicago's is the oldest Mexican Independence Day Parade in Chicago and is a very popular local event. The parade is heading east on 92nd Street. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, oldest Mexican parish in Chicago founded in 1923, is visible in the background.

Subject: SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Mexican Independence Day Parade

Group Del Coro from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on a float in the Mexican Independence Day Parade on 92nd Street in South Chicago, September 15, 1957. Pictured from left to right are: Ana Maria Miranda, unidentified, Balbino Carillo, Dolores Palos, Christina Garcia, Agustin Beloz, Frances Garcia, unidentified, Antonio Palos, Jr.

Subject: SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Polish Army Band on Commerical Avenue

Band on 88th and Commercial in May, 1918. Band is across the street from Immaculate Conception Church. Businesses in the background include Polonia Publishing Company and Semrau Furniture.

Subject: SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago - Vietnam Memorial

Commemoration service for young men killed in action during the Vietnam War from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Memorial is located near the church at the corner of 91st and Brandon. Twelve young men from the parish were killed in the war. Pictured at left is Joe Gutierrez, by flagpole is Ray Castro.

Subject: SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; SCH_Ethnics; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; Format: Photograph (all forms)

South Chicago Civil Defense Parade 1942

Parade down Commercial Avenue, ended at Bessemer Park.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; World_War_II; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Streets; World_War_II; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel

Gate house at South Works plant entrance c1960

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel

Street corner outside South Works. Residential housing across the street from fence marking South Works property line. Fire hydrant visible near fence.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel

Residential housing across the street from fence marking South Works property line. Street light visible at corner across from the fence.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - "Pour" From Open Hearth

Molten iron pours from a huge ladle into an open hearth furnace to be refined into steel. Iron came from the blast furnaces, then went to the open hearth and then to the finishing mills. All of these processes took place within the South Works plant; therefore, it was an intergrated mill.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - #2 Weld Shop Crew

From Local 65 photo collection: "#2 Weld Shop August 1, 1973 - One year accident free record."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - 52" Beam Mill

From Local 65 photo collection - "51" Beam Mill's delivery on-time performance for the week ending 1/23/74 was 98% to lead the plant. Recognized for this fine performance is the 52" mill crew shown being congratulated by Vic Lindberg, Assistant General Superintendent. Pictured, back row left to right: V. L. Lindberg, Glen Pierce, Rudy Quanstrom, Jim Johnson, Blaine Burr and Henry Poindexter. Front row: Wallace Thompson, Richard Abrams, Steve Kisharski, Basilo Lugo, Bill Murn (maintenance foreman), and Harry Golembieski (52" foreman)."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - 52-inch Structural Mill

A giant steel girder for a modern skyscraper takes shape in the stands of the 52-inch wide flange structural mill. Sign at left says "Learn safety on purpose not by accident."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - 54-inch Blooming Mill

White hot steel ingot enters the rolls of the 54-inch blooming mill.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Industry,_Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - 75th Anniversary Booklet

Cover of anniversary booklet, "South Works Steelmaster for 75 Years - A South Chicago Landmark", c1955.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Printed Materials - Publications

U. S. Steel - 96-inch Plate Mill

Electric motors drive the giant roll stands of the 96-inch plate mill built in 1931.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Aerial Drawing of Site

c1955. South Works, world's third largest steel plant. Aerial drawing facing northeast toward Lake Michigan. 79th Street boundary of plant at left, Calumet River at right.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Aerial View of South Works

Aerial view of South Works, c1960. Shows entire site from 79th Street on the north to the Calumet River on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and South Chicago and Bush neighborhooods to the west.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Alloy Bar Department

From Local 65 photo collection: "During the week ending October 20, 1973, the top QW=DOT position at South Works was held by the Alloy Bar Department whose combined efforts reached a fine 100% performance. Cited for their part in this performance is the Finishing End Team and some of its members with Asst. Gen. Supt. Vic Lindberg."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Blast Furnace Orchestra

The company sponsored numerous social and athletic activities for employees. Seated l to r: Johnny Gobly, George Garrett, John (Jock) Buchan. Standing l to r: Pete Oliver, Art Mansfield, Andy Ferbos, Len Rought, John Hughes and Charles Robinson.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Blast Furnaces

Exterior view of blast furnaces and stoves at South Works. Rail cars are also seen in view.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Blast Furnaces

Blast furnaces combine iron ore, limestone, coke, and air to produce molten iron from which steel is made.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Carnegie Illinois Steel ID Badge

c1930. Oval photo identification badge of P. Martinez from Carnegie Illinois Steel Corporation South Works. Mrs. Martinez was an early Hispanic resident of South Deering.

Subject: SCH_South_Deering; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; SCH_Ethnics; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Early Iron Ore Unloading

Workmen used buckets like these to unload iron ore from lake vessels in the early days. Note mast of schooner in the background.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Electric Repair Shop

Workers and equipment in South Works electric repair shop, c1960.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Filling Along Calumet River 1916

U. S. Steel - Filling Along Calumet River 1916

Subject: SCH_Industry,_U._S._Steel; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; ; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Illinois Steel Company

Illinois Steel workers at roller straightener machine from Spellacy Safety Guide

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Illinois Steel Company Anniversary Dinner

South Works anniversary dinner held on November 24, 1929 to honor employees with 25 or more years of service as April 1, 1929.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Illinois Steel Company South Works, Anniversary Dinner

Group of several hundred employees attending dinner on February 1, 1931 "to employees with the United States Steel Corporation 25 years or more as of April 1, 1930."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Iron Ore and Limestone Storage Yards

South Works iron ore and limestone storage yards looked like this in the early days. View southeast toward EJ&E RR swing bridge over the Calumet River. Railroad yards are on the other side of the South Slip at the top of the photo.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Machine Shop Workers at South Works

Workers posed around 100-ton crane built by Illinois Steel South Works Machine Shop.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - New QW=DOT Landmark

From Local 65 photo collection. "Something new at South Works!!! This new QW=DOT landmark has been erected adjacent to the 79th Street Roadway at the north side of the Structural Finishing End. It is a fine example of quality workmanship from those Structural Division employees who created this display."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Noon Hour

Steelworkers leaving mill via foot bridge over rail yars, Illinois Steel Company, South Chicago IL. Original photo from top of a cigar box. Gondolas in rail yard from Chicago, Lake Shore and Eastern RR.

Subject: SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Ore boat

Ore boat on Calumet River, near Illinois Steel, passing South Works blast furnace, 1918

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Ore Boats Unloading at South Works Slip

Ore boats at South Slip

Subject: SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; SCH_Waterways; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Ore Bridge #2, South Works

Construction of #2 Ore Bridge. Raising ore bridge April 1, 1918.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Overheard View of North Slip Ore Yard

c1955. World's largest twin blast furnaces, each 235 feet high, tower over "South's" modern ore and limestone storage yards. One boat at North Slip dock unloading in view. Power station at top left of photo. View looks southeast toward mouth of the Calumet River.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - QW=DOT Award

c1970s. From Local 65 photo collection. "The winner of the QW=DOT Customer Order Promise Performance Plaque for the week ending June 3 was the 52" Beam Mill with 99 per cent. Shown with the plaque if the foreground are 52" mill officials and in the background, behind the QW=DOT sign, are the 52" structural Finishing Dept. 'A' turn crews."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - South Slip Widening Project 1916-1917

U. S. Steel - South Slip Widening Project 1916-1917

Subject: SCH_Industry,_U._S._Steel; SCH_South_Chicago; SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; ; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - South Works

Worker at South Works with St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church and houses of the "Bush" neighborhood in view.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - South Works

Removing pump house at South Slip to increase ore storage at South Works, October 23, 1916

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - South Works

Open Hearth No. 2 at South Works pit side looking north. Hot metal ladle and ingot molds in foreground. Workers in background show scale of machinery.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - South Works Employees

From Local 65 photo collection, April 17, 1969. "Their idea for relocating an oxygen lance to facilitate cleaning of hot metal ladles earned a $156 suggestion award for U. S. Steel employees James F. Schmidt (left) and Thomas S. Podsiadlik (center) shown here explaining its advantages to Frank Pyrzynski, foreman. Both are pipefitters in the blast furnace division."

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - South Works Employees

From Local 65 photo collection. Employee, James F. Schmidt (left), explains to D. P. Rantz, foreman - blast furnaces, the idea which earned him a $664 suggestion award. Schmidt suggested redesign of a burner to expedite drying out of relined and repaired hot medal ladles. He is a pipefitter.

Subject: SCH_Labor,_Local_65_(US_Steel); U.S._Steel; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - View of St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Polish Roman Catholic Church at 83rd and South Shore Drive as seen from South Works. Photo shows proximity of steel mill to surrounding community of the "Bush". Church appears surrounded by the structures of U. S. Steel's dying mill, South Works. c1982

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Women Steel Workers

Kitty Kalwasinski Markovich and Florence Josephs, "Rosie the Riveter" World War II steel workers. Welding mask has names of brothers marked with stars.

Subject: World_War_II; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel - Workers at South Works

Workers posed on unidentified piece of heavy equipment at South Works.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Blast Furnaces #1-4 c1885

North Chicago Rolling Mill South Works blast furnaces

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel c1880

Image of U.S. Steel, North Chicago Rolling Mill, South Works, c1880, rolling first steel rail in South Chicago. Drawing from 1951 East Side Centennial booklet.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel c1900

Early exterior view of Illinois Steel Company, Chicago. Plant was started and built in 1880. Early view shown c1900.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel c1910

South Works ingot molds in railroad yards outside mill building c1910.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Carnegie Illinois Steel South Works Stripper

After steel is poured into ingot molds, the molds must be removed from the ingot at the stripper prior to further processing.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel History

History of United States Steel South Works up to 1951. Image depicts rolling of first steel rail at South Works in 1882. Published in East Side Centennial Commemoration booklet, "History and Progress of East Side 1851-1951 July 5, 6, 7 and 8 Chicago 17, Illinois"

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Illinois Steel Employment Office

Clerks in office waiting for job applicants. Three plant security personnel present in uniform. Sign encourages workers to be safety conscious. Sign written in six languages (English, Hungarian, Polish, German and 2 others, possibly Slovenian, Serbo Croatian)

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; SCH_Ethnics; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel New Roll Shop, 1929

West view. Houses of Bush neighborhood and St. Michael Archangel church seen in the background, April 11, 1929

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Office Building

Postcard view of South Works office building, Illinois Steel Company, South Chicago IL c1910.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel ore boat

Ore boat, J. Pierpont Morgan, at ore dock unloading. View also shows unloaders,ore bridges, and tug boat.

Subject: SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Plant Security South Works Illinois Steel

33 plant security officers from Illinois Steel South Works, in full uniform, group photo standing on stairs of the building.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photographic Materials

U. S. Steel South Works

Aerial view at mouth of the Calumet River. In view are South Slip, ore yards, rails yards, and blast furnaces, c1960s.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel South Works

Aerial view looking north from over South Slip on the Calumet River. Lake Michigan is visible in the background, c1960s,

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel South Works

Aerial view of north portion of South Works site. View toward Lake Michigan, c1960s.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel South Works Received "E" Pennant, 1942

Rear Admiral Edwrd A. Evers, U. S. Navy presents "E" pennant award for production to United States Steel South Works at 89th Street gate on March 19, 1942. Officials pictures include Rear Admiral Edward Evers, U. S. Navy; W. E. Hadley, Manager of Operations Chicago District; Frank J. Rief Chief Purchasing Agent, Carnegie-Illinois.

Subject: World_War_II; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel South Works worker punching timeclock

Worker punching card in room full of timecards and timeclocks, c1917

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Warning Sign

South Works warning sign in five languages

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; SCH_Ethnics; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Window Card

Advertising circular for South Works Carnegie Illinois Steel Corp. open house, Wednesday May 14, 1947. First open house for South Works.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Worker 1890

Worker at Illinois Steel South Works, later U. S. Steel, wearing early net protective safety mask c1890

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Workers

Albert Crouse, mill master mechanic and other workers in 1894.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U. S. Steel Workers at South Works

Two workers wearing safety goggles and holding sledge hammer standing near warning sign written in five languages.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; SCH_Ethnics; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U.S. Steel - South Works

Aerial color photograph looking north, c1970. Iroquois Landing facility of Port District with 2 ships tied up along Calumet River is at bottom of view, Lake Michigan is at right. Rainbow Beach and South Water Filtration Plant are at top.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; U.S._Steel; Format: Photograph (all forms)

U.S. Steel - South Works Site Maps

U.S. Steel - South Works Site Maps

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; ; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Waterways - Calumet River Inner Harbor Lighthouse

c1912. Lighthouse at entrance to inner Calumet Harbor and Calumet River. Illinois Steel South Works in haze in background.

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Waterways - Calumet River Life Saving Station

Located between the U. S. Steel South Slip and the EJ&E RR swing bridge across the Calumet River was the site of the original South Chicago lighthouse. The location was later used as the site of the U.S. Life Saving Service (later Coast Guard) South Chicago Station. This building was used as living quarters for the station keeper and area lighthouse keepers. The Coast Guard moved to Calumet Park in 1934, and the site remains in the possession of the United States Government and Army Corps of Enginers. The property was surrounded by the huge South Works steel mill. The photos show the building in its heyday and shortly before it was demolished (1963).

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Waterways - South Chicago Chamber Boat Ride

South Chicago Chamber of Commerce Annual Boat Ride August 2, 1928. Photo taken during boat ride on the Calumet River.

Subject: SCH_Waterways; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Waterways - Steamer Saranac

Steamship Saranac of the Lehigh Valley Railroad on the Calumet River in 1915. The ship was originally built in 1890 in Cleveland for the Globe Iron Works Company and was part of the fleet belonging to the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company. It usually traveled between Chicago and Buffalo.

Subject: SCH_Transportation; SCH_South_Chicago; Format: Photograph (all forms)

Youngstown Steel - Iroquois Iron Company Construction

South Chicago, IL. Construction

Subject: SCH_Waterways,_Calumet_River; SCH_South_Chicago; Youngstown_Sheet_and_Tube_Company; Iroquois_Iron_and_Steel_Company; SCH_East_Side; Format: Artwork

Youngstown Steel-Iroquois Iron Company Dredging for New Plant

South Chicago, IL. 24-inch hydraulic dredge working in Lake Michigan and pumping material into a fill for the Iroquois Iron Company's new plant located on the east bank of the Calumet River where it meets Lake Michigan. Page 30 of the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company book.

Subject: SCH_South_Chicago; Youngstown_Sheet_and_Tube_Company; Iroquois_Iron_and_Steel_Company; SCH_East_Side; Format: Photograph (all forms)

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