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The West Side Metropolitan Elevated Railroad of Chicago, 1895

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The West Side Metropolitan Elevated Railroad of Chicago, 1895
Courtesy of Bruce G. Moffat

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


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


Chicago “L” Construction
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Top left image, “Moving the Normandie Plates”; top right image, “The Road Crossing a Street”; bottom image, “Progress of Building Operations.”
Physical Description
Photograph. Cover illustration for Scientific American, April 27, 1895 showing three views of the process of building Chicago’s West Side Elevated Railroad. Tinted lithographs.
Details
Date Made:
1895
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Bruce G. Moffat
History
Donald L. Miller, in his 1996 book, City of the Century, argues that in the 19th century “in the exploding American city it was not public planning but mass transportation--a creation of the market place--that unified urban space” and “inaugurated the most sweeping reconstruction of the urban settlement pattern since the advent of cities.”
Related People, Places, and Events
Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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