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A New Water System for Chicago

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In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage Commissioners selected Ellis Chesbrough to design a new water system for the city. In Chesbrough's plan, clean water from the lake bottom would pour into intakes under a crib two miles into Lake Michigan, then into an underground tunnel to a water tower. From there, clean water would flow into the city's water mains.

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Elevating the City

Elevating the City

In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage Commissioners selected Ellis Sy...

Chicago's Grain Elevators

Chicago's Grain Elevators

Although the grain elevator was invented in Buffalo, the grain elevator system came into being in Chicago—t...

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American Experience

The Perfect Crime

After attempting to commit the perfect crime, would two boys get the death penalty? Feb 9

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Murder of a President

The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.

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The Mine Wars

Go inside the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century.

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Bonnie & Clyde

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie & Clyde

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American Experience

The Perfect Crime Chapter 1

The murder of Bobby Franks shocked the nation in 1924. Premieres February 9 at 9/8c.

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American Experience

Murder of a President, Chapter 1

Watch the first chapter of "Murder of a President" premiering Feb. 2, 2016 on PBS.

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Coal Towns, from The Mine Wars

The realities of company-built towns for West Virginia miners.

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American Experience

The Mine Wars, Chapter 1

West Virginia miners were considered a lost cause to union organizers.

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American Experience

Space Men Preview

Before man could step on the moon, we had to take a giant leap. Premieres 3/1 on PBS.

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American Experience

Coming in 2016

Executive Producer Mark Samels on what's coming to American Experience this Feb. & March.

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The Perfect Crime Preview

The story of Richard Leopold, Nathan Loeb & their shocking crime. Premiering Feb. 9, 2016

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Murder of a President Preview

A heartbreaking story of romance, madness, and medicine. Premieres Feb. 2, 2016 on PBS.

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