King of the Gold Coast: Cap'n Streeter, the Millionaires and the Story of Lake Shore Drive
Chicago’s breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, with its beaches and luxury homes, has its origin in a neglected marsh and a clandestine land development. Meet the uncrowned king of the disputed shore, George Wellington Streeter, the outlandish swindler, unlikely hero and self-proclaimed founder of the Gold Coast who tried to secede from the state of Illinois. Opposing him was the quiet vision of Potter Palmer and the full weight of his investment syndicate. With this keen piece of investigative history, Wayne Klatt uncovers the secrets that both sides of the conflict managed to keep in spite of lawsuits, state inquiries, a presidential forgery and two murder trials.
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Absolutely amazing story about one of Chicago's best kept secrets, George Streeter.
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A fascinating story! I love Chicago history and was really excited to read this! Cap'n Streeter is indeed one of the strangest characters in the city's history. I must admit, though, I found the ... Read full review
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