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Wabash Ave “L” looking north from Van Buren Street, Chicago, about 1905

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Wabash Ave “L” looking north from Van Buren Street, Chicago, about 1905
Lent by Bonnie Lilienfeld

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Communities
Chicago, the Transit Metropolis — The 1890s-1920s: Transit Shapes the City

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Madison & Wabash “L” Station House, Chicago, Illinois


Wabash Ave “L” looking north from Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This c. 1905 bird’s eye view shows Chicago's “L” structure towering over Wabash Avenue, a major north-south street in the centeral business district.
Physical Description
Photograph. Post card view of Chicago's elevated Loop rapid transit track. Marked “Chicago, Wabash Ave looking north from Van Buren Street” and “Curt Teich & Co, Chicaco and St. Louis. No. 45.” Tinted lithograph on cream colored stock. Undivided back, marked “POST CARD.” 1 cent U.S. stamp, postmarked 1905.
Details
Date Made:
about 1905
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Lent by Bonnie Lilienfeld
History
Under the stewardship of local financier Charles Tyson Yerkes, Chicago’s competing transit companies fought for and obtained the right-of-way to build a loop of train tracks about 25 feet above major streets in Chicago’s downtown central business district. The Union Loop “L” route opened fully in 1897, allowing each of the private transit companies to bring commuters directly in to the city center, and to transfer more easily between the different routes.
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Manufacturer
Curt Teich & Company

Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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