As Others See Chicago

Impressions of Visitors, 1673-1933

Bessie Louise Pierce

As Others See Chicago
Bookmark and Share

Bessie Louise Pierce

548 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1933, 2004
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226668215 Published May 2004
Sometimes it takes an outsider to capture the essence of an individual place. The impressions of travelers in particular have a special allure—unanticipated and serendipitous, their views get to the heart of a particular region because nothing to them is routine or expected.

First published in 1933 by the University of Chicago Press to mark the occasion of the Century of Progress Exhibition, As Others See Chicago consists of writings culled from over a thousand men and women who visited the city and commented on the best and worst it had to offer, from the skyscrapers to the stockyards. Originally compiled by Bessie Louise Pierce, the first major historian of Chicago, and featuring her own incisive commentary, the volume brings together the impressions of visitors to Chicago over two and a half centuries, from the early years of Westward Expansion to the height of the Great Depression. In addition to writings from better known personalities such as Rudyard Kipling and Waldo Frank, the book collects the opinions of missionaries, aristocrats, journalists, and politicians—observers who were perfectly placed to comment on the development of the city, its inhabitants, and well known events that would one day define Chicago history, such as the Great Fire of 1871 and the 1893 World's Fair.

Taking us back to a time when Chicago was "more astonishing than the wildest visions of the most vagrant imaginations," As Others See Chicago offers an enthralling portrait of an enduring American metropolis.
Contents
FOREWORD TO THE 2004 EDITION BY PERRY R. DUIS
PREFACE
PART I. THE BEGINNING OF A CITY
INTRODUCTION

JACQUES MARQUETTE
A Winter at Chicago

JOHN FRANCIS BUISSON DE ST. COSME
The Mission of the Guardian Angel

SAMUEL A. STORROW
The Soil of Chicago
The Chicago River

JOHN TIPTON
Fort Dearborn and Chicago

WILLIAM H. KEATING
The Natural History, Indians, and Disadvantages of Chicago

CHARLES BUTLER
Chicago in 1833 in the Eyes of an Investor
Land Soeculation

CHARLES JOSEPH LATROBE
The Pottawattomie Treaty
Fort Dearborn and Chicago
The Pottawattomie Indians
Chicago
The Treaty

PATRICK SHIRREFF
Trade and Hotels in 1833

CHARLES FENNO HOFFMAN
A Ball
The Weather
A Horse Race and a Wolf Hunt

HARRIET MARTINEAU
Houses, Hotels, and People

JAMES SILK BUCKINGHAM
Chicago in 1840

SARAH MARGARET FULLER
The Prairie
The Lake

JOHN LEWIS PEYTON
Seeing Chicago from a "Trap"
Business in Chicago
Wildcat Banking
A Dinner at Chicago
Drainage of Land
A Visit to the Theater
A Winter Morning
Amusements

PART II. AN ERA OF EXPANSION
INTRODUCTION

FREDRICKA BREMER
Prairies
Germans in Chicago

J.J. AMPÈRE
The Physical Setting of Chicago
Houses, Churches, and Schools
The Reaper
Recreation
The Prairie

ISABELLA LUCY (BIRD) BISHOP
An Advertising House
Physical Setting

WILLIAM FERGUSON
Streets, Buildings, Waterways, and Railways

ANONYMOUS
Chicago in the Fifties
The Chicago River
Street and Bridges
The Bridge in Fictious Literature
Buildings
Thoroughfares
Dress of Chicagoans
Fort Dearborn
The Water Supply
Hotels and Hotel Food
Money
Observance of the Sabbath

EDWARD L. PECKHAM
Chicago—A Mean Sport

WILLIAM HOWARD RUSSELL
The Setting of Chicago
Chicago in the Civil War

CHRISTIAN H. JEVNE
A Norwegian Immigrant in Chicago in the 1860s

F. BARHAM ZINCKE
Chicago's Buildings
City Ordinances
Trinity Church
Secular and Religious Schools
Chicago's Drinking Water

ALEXANDER FREAR
The Great Fire of 1871

PART III. THE RISE OF A MODERN CITY
INTRODUCTION

SIR JOHN LENG
Five Years after the Fire
Buildings
The Stockyards
The Board of Trade
"The Situation of Chicago," Waterworks and Parks

LADY DUFFUS HARDY
Grand and Stately Chicago

ANONYMOUS
Prominent Characteristics of Chicago
A City Rebuilt
Trade, Traffice, and Building
The Union Stock Yards
Chicago Board of Trade
Influential Men of Chicago: Phillip D. Armour, Marshall Field,
Farwells, Potter Palmer (Palmer House), Bankers, George M.
Pullman

RUDYARD KIPLING
How I Struck Chicago, and How Chicago Struck Me. Of Religion,
Politics, and Pig-Sticking, and the Incarnation of the City among
Shambles

PAUL DE ROUSIERS
The Evolution of Industry
The Pullman Workshops and the City of Pullman

GUISEPPE GIACOSA
A City of Smoke

JULIAN RALPH
A Rapidly Moving and Business-like City
Chicago's Buildings
Metropolitan Area
A City of Young Men
Manufactures
Clubs
A Distinctly American City
Chicago's Parks, Streets, and Homes
The Women of Chicago

M.E. BRUWAERT
Chicago and the World's Columbian Exposition

MULJI DEVJI VEDANT
The White City

JAMES FULLARTON MUIRHEAD
Chicago, the City of Contrasts

WILLIAM T. STEAD
The World's Fair
Destruction of World's Fair Buildings
The Trade and Labor Assembly
The Interesting Year 1893
The Romance of Chicago

PART IV. FROM WORLD'S FAIR TO WORLD'S FAIR
INTRODUCTION

PAUL BOURGET
A Strange and Unreal Scene
The Traffic in Meat
The Sunday Edition of a Newspaper
GEORGE WASHINGTON STEEVENS
Chicago, the Amazing

PRICE COLLIER
A City of Pork and Plato

WILLIAM ARCHER
Chicago—Its Splendor and Squalor

COUNT PETER DE VAYA AND LUSKOD
Industry and Strikes
Educational and Religious Institutions
Parks and Recreation
Foreigners in Chicago
The Inauguration of a Church

EDWARD HUNDERFORD
Chicago and the Chicagoans

JULIAN STREET
Chicago's Individuality
Marshall Field's and the Chicago Tribune
Skyscrapers and the Stockyears
City Planning

ARTHUR EVERETT SHIPLEY
Universities and Armistice Day

WALTER LIONEL GEORGE
A City without Peace
Mass and Space
Armour's Packing Plant
Chicago's "Boosting"
Attitude toward the Arts

HAROLD SPENCER
A Hotel, a Restaurant, and Newspapers
A Lecture at Northwestern University

WALDO FRANK
The Soul of Chicago

SIR CHARLES CHEERS WAKEFIELD
The Tumultuous Magnificence of Chicago

MARY BORDEN
The Soup Kitchen of a Gangster
A University President, a Chinese Mayor, and an Arbian Aristocrat
The Four Hundred
The Chicago Melting-Pot
Chicago, the City of Magic

G. K. CHESTERTON
The Gunman and the Racketeer

MORRIS MARKEY
Chicago's Dramatic Approach
Civic Pride
Some Chicago Citizenry
A City of Urgency and of Furious Endeavor

LIST OF TRAVELERS' ACCOUNTS
MISCELLANEOUS CITATIONS
INDEX
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style |

Chicago Blog: History

Events in History

Keep Informed

JOURNALs in History