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Chicago Water Crib - Carter Harrison / Dever Cribs

2002. Interior shot. Carter-Harrison Crib.


Located two miles out in Lake Michigan, this pair of cribs is known as the Harrison-Dever crib. The stone structure is the Carter Harrison crib. The red and white steel structure is the Dever crib.


Until the 1990s, Crib Tenders lived on the cribs. Usually four man crews stayed aboard the cribs for a week at a time. Their duties included water testing, light maintenance, and dynamiting ice dams that formed against the cribs' walls. Crib facilities included rudimentary bathrooms, showers, and bunk rooms—and a fantastic view of the city and lake.


Also called the Two-Mile Cribs, the Carter Harrison Crib was constructed in 1900. The Dever Crib was constructed in 1935.


During the late 1990's and into the mid 2000's both cribs saw some serious renovation. All the ironwork you see crossing the pool in the Harrison Crib was added in the repair work. The Dever crib saw new ironwork and tons - literally - of new concrete in the well/pool.

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Taken on August 12, 2004