City Rededicates Clarence Wagner’s Bridge Today!

The Clarence Wagner Memorial Bridge

The Clarence Wagner Memorial Bridge

Sixty years ago today, 14th ward alderman Clarence Wagner was killed in an auto accident.  The Congress (Eisenhower) Expressway was being built at the time.  The city council passed a resolution naming the new expressway bridge over the Chicago River after Alderman Wagner.  Last year I did a post on Alderman Wagner and the bridge–

http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-06/clarence-wagners-bridge-99334

Somewhere along the line, most of the city forgot the bridge’s official name.  This morning at 10:30 a.m., that oversight is being corrected.  Alderman Edward Burke and CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein are rededicating the Clarence Wagner Memorial Bridge.

Thanks, Alderman Burke.  It’s a great day for anyone who loves Chicago’s history.

—30—

Advertisements

2 Responses to “City Rededicates Clarence Wagner’s Bridge Today!”


  1. 1 Loyolamatt July 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Very interesting, John. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Clarence Wagner opposed to Richard J. Daley’s candidacy for mayor in 1955?

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt July 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Clarence Wagner opposed Daley’s attempt to become chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party in 1953. Wagner was killed in an auto accident while the dispute was going on. Click the link to my WBEZ post, which tells the whole story.
      –JRS


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: