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Chicago & Alton: 1904

Chicago & Alton: 1904

Circa 1904. "Chicago & Alton Railroad shops at Bloomington, Illinois." At left rear, the Anheuser-Busch beer boxcar. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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No Dumping

The old shops are gone, you can still see the foundations on Google Earth at

It looks like there may have been a turntable just to the south of the main building.

Also, the shops can be seen in an old postcard on the Wikipedia page for the Alton Railroad at

There is no good street view of the site, the road stubs leading into the site all have the same sign: No Dumping.

C&A Blues

"I said, let me tell you, peoples
What the C&A will do for you
Well, now she will take yo' little woman
Then will holler back at you..."

From The C&A Blues, by Peetie Wheatland, circa 1930


I like the graffiti on the side of the train. People were doing that even back then. Interesting.

[The chalk markings are from the yard crews, noting such things as routing, special content advisories, repairs required, etc. Often seen on rail yard photos here on Shorpy. -tterrace]

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