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Chicago River Bridges

Winner of three book awards, Chicago River Bridges by Patrick McBriarty chronicles the development of Chicago’s amazing bridges from the very first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the fantastic marvels of steel and concrete crossing the Chicago River today.  A great primer on Chicago history through the lens of its bridges this is the story of how Chicago became the Drawbridge Capital of the World.  

Chicago River Bridges is now used as a reference book by City of Chicago's Department of Transportation (CDOT) engineers who maintaining Chicago's fantastic bridges.  Can you get a better endorsement than that?  And yet, non-engineers or love this book for the images, fun stories, and revealing Chicago history.

The Creative Werks of Patrick T. McBriarty

Member of the following Organizations:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Children's Books

The PTM Werks Series of children's picture books is designed to inspire future generations of designers, engineers, architects, pilots, trade folks, and bridge builders by introducing kids to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEM/STEAM Topics).  

Get an inside look into a world of fanciful animal characters, vehicles, air, and watercraft to answer the "why" questions kids often have about the machines all around us.  

Recommended for Pre-Schoolers to 3rd Grade.