Thursday, February 10, 2011

River Reversed

Chicago is home to many interesting attractions, but perhaps one of its most interesting sights is the Chicago River, which flows through the center of the city and right past the offices of the ABE!

The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards! In 1900 the direction of the river was changed to prevent it from flowing into Lake Michigan and contaminating the source of the city’s water supply. Instead, the river now flows into the Des Plaines River which eventually connects to the Mississippi River, making it the first and only river to have its direction successfully reversed!

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