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To All Trains sign


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City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — Chicago’s L

To All Trains sign from a Chicago Transit Station
Catalog #: 2003.0074.15, Accession #: 2003.0074
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This sign may date from as early as the 1920s, and was hanging at the CTA's Madison & Wabash Loop elevated station until the CTA removed it from service and donated it to NMAH for the America on the Move exhibition.
Physical Description
Artifact. Rail station sign, wood with metal bracket. Lettered TO ALL TRAINS on both sides in black paint. 61” L x 39” W x 1 1/4D
Date Made:
about 1920
Dates Used:
about 1920 - 2000
Gift of Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago's four early rapid transit "L" lines were privately owned and operated, each serving a different area of the rapidly growing city . The first line opened in 1892, the last in 1900. In 1897, Chicago's Union Loop elevated tracks were put into operation, allowing all the rapid transit lines to bring passengers into the city's central business district. The entire system was municipilized in 1947, when the newly formed Chicago Transit Authority took control of most of the city's rail and street transit operations.
Related People, Places, and Events
Chicago Transit Authority

Place of Use
Chicago, Illinois

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