Snow Removal in the Twenties

The mystery I’m working on is set in Chicago during the winter of 1924. I had to do some serious thinking and a bit of research to figure out how people got around during those times, when snow was thick and constant. There was snow removal on the main streets of the city, using machines like the one above.

This is from Canada in 1920, but still, it shows the sort of removal that would have been available in Chicago during those years. They had to clear the main streets for the streetcars and buses, but side streets and residential areas would have to wait. Sidewalks in commercial blocks were cleared by shovel and spread with ashes from the fireplace or sand.

Here is New York in 1899, but this is what they did in Chicago too–dumped the snow in the river.

Published in: on January 10, 2021 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  

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