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Bridge tender's house on south side of Chicago's Washington Blvd Bridge

A bridge tender's house is a structure near or upon a moveable bridge from which a bridge tender may operate the bridge and monitor river traffic, and in which he may reside.[1][2] It may contain the controls and the mechanicals to operate the bridge.[2]


  1. ^ "Solitary Lives along Chicago's Lakes and Waterways". Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b CHICAGO RIVER BASCULE BRIDGE, WELLS STREET BRIDGE, HAER No. IL-52 (PDF) (Report). National Park Service. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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