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La Salle Street, Looking North, Chicago, Illinois, 1901-1907

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La Salle Street, Looking North, Chicago, Illinois, 1901-1907
Lent by Bonnie Lilienfeld

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


La Salle Street, Looking North, Chicago, Illinois
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
A lone electric streetcar rolls down LaSalle Street in this post card view from the early 1900s; horse-drawn carriages and cars are parked on the side of this broad street while pedestrians go about their business.
Physical Description
Photograph. Post card view of LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois with streetcars. Marked on front “La Salle Street, Looking North, Chicago, Ill.” Tinted lithograph on cream-colored stock. Undivided back, marked ”Post Card.”
Details
Date Made:
1901-1907
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Lent by Bonnie Lilienfeld
History
Chicago mass-transit riders relied on private street railways for years before the “L” was built. Franklin Parmalee’s horse-drawn omnibus ushered in Chicago’s street railway system in 1853. Parmalee and other investors chartered the Chicago City Railway Company in 1858 providing horse railroad service to the city. Beginning about 1881, Chicago City Railway converted to cable cars. Because of safety concerns, electric trolleys weren't allowed within city limits until the 1890s. Chicago’s streetcars were phased out in 1958.
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Chicago, Illinois


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