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Washington Crossing: 1911

Washington Crossing: 1911

Chicago circa 1911. "Under the tracks, Washington Boulevard, Chicago & North Western Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

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Still There

As MiseryLou posted, it's still there and I just crossed Washington walking to work a few minutes ago after de-training from a Metra/ former C&NW "scoot" -- you walk down the stairs to the lower concourse to exit from your left.

The view inside

We've visited the tracks upstairs a couple of times:

Ghost Depot: 1911
The Train Shed: 1911

I don't understand the caption

We're above the tracks.

[Those are streetcar tracks. The train tracks are upstairs behind the windows, perpendicular to the street. - Dave]

Still There, but --

Visible through the center "tunnel" for Washington Street is the Lake Street Elevated Railway (later Chicago Rapid Transit and Chicago Transit Authority) Market Street stub. It ran from Lake Street south along Market Street (now Wacker Drive) to Madison Street. The stub was removed circa 1948.

The C&NW station is west of the Chicago River; the Market Street stub was between the station and the river. The view here is looking east, with the sun at our back; about 4:25 PM.

Still there today.

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