Sunday, July 17, 2022

An illustration looking due west on the Chicago River in 1831.

An illustration looking due west on the Chicago River in 1831.

The first building on the left is the Post Office of John S.C. Hogan, which stood near the corner of Lake and Market Sts. There was only one delivery a week coming from Niles, Michigan, which came from the East. 

The next building was the Sauganash Tavern which stood on the corner of Lake and Market Streets and was run by Mark Beaubien

In the distance, the small tip of a building was that of Jesse Walker, which was used as a church, a school, and a residence. 

The building at the point where the north and south branches meet was the Wolf Point Tavern, but later, in 1833, it was renamed the Travelers Home by Chester Ingersoll. 

Note the footbridge over the north branch.

To the right and north at the forks stood the Miller House, and it is said it was in part built by Alexander Robinson in 1820. In 1829, the proprietors were Samuel Miller and Archibald Clybourn, and in 1832 it was occupied as a store by P.F.W. Peck while his new frame store was under construction.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D. 


  1. Original sketches or artists rendition?

  2. Was the Chicago River the same width as it is now? Given the scale of the houses, and a footbridge over the North Branch, it seems to me that it's three times the current size.


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