|So renowned was the bridge that it was even named 'suicide bridge' on postcards.|
|High Bridge looking South towards Downtown Chicago.|
- Policeman Spoils a Suicide: Interferes When Fascinated Crowd in Lincoln Park is Waiting for Man to Kill Self.
- Doom High Suicide Bridge: Lincoln Park Commissioners to Spoil Convenience for Those Contemplating Self-Destruction (note: this was in 1909, and nothing appears to have come of it. When it was closed a decade later, it was due to poor condition).
- Jumps from Bridge To Lagoon: Says he Tried Suicide for Fun.
The Lagoon was much larger, as you can see in the pictures above. Its natural shoreline was a water inlet from Lake Michigan. Lincoln Park and the Lagoon were redesigned as a part of the 1935 WPA project, which was completed in 1941.
|Today's Lincoln Park Lagoon's Pedestrian Bridge.|
 The Works Progress Administration (WPA), renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration, was an American New Deal agency employing millions of job-seekers (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.
Kind of a shame - I'll bet it was quite striking in its' day.ReplyDelete
The photos make the bridge appear to be huge. As well as the width of the Lagoon at that point. Yet the Suicide Bridge also appears to have been where the current bridge is, and the current bridge doesn't look as imposing, nor does the width of The Lagoon. Could the Lagoon have been larger back then? Seems as if it must have been.ReplyDelete
Sad that it became a place of sadness and death. Looks much prettier today.ReplyDelete
Thanks Neil, interesting piece of Chicago history.ReplyDelete
This 1899 map of Lincoln Park shows the bridge further east of the pond, over a long lagoon.ReplyDelete