Games Learning Resources Visit the Museum
America on the Move
Collection Exhibition Themes
BackSearch
Commuters returning from Chicago on the Illinois Central, Park Forest, Illinois, 1954

Enlarge Image
Commuters returning from Chicago on the Illinois Central, Park Forest, Illinois, 1954
Photograph by Bob Sandberg, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — The Automobile Shapes the Suburbs


Commuters on train platform
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This 1954 photograph shows commuters returning from Chicago to Park Forest, Illinois on the Illinois Central commuter rail line.
Physical Description
Photograph. Black-and-white photograph of commuters at a rail station.
Details
Date Made:
1954
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Park Forest
Credit:
Photograph by Bob Sandberg, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
History

Park Forest was a bridge between the old railroad and the new automobile suburbs. Many early residents took the train to jobs in Chicago. But by 1960 more than half of Park Forest's downtown commuters traveled by car. Park Forest developers tried to convince the Illinois Central to build a spur into the center of the community, but the railroad argued that commuter service wasn't profitable enough.

Related People, Places, and Events
Photographer
Sandberg, Bob

Depicted
Park Forest, Illinois

Depicted
Commuting


National Museum of American History About This Site | Sponsors | Buy the Book | E-mail Signup | Credits