"From the Elivated [sic]", Chicago, 1900. From "Sam Hyde's Photography Travelogue Adventures," 1898-1904. In early Chicago city planning, subways were too expensive to consider and elevated tracks appeared to be the right choice. On June 6, 1892, the first elevated line in Chicago opened, running from Congress Parkway and State Street to 39th Street, along the alley, behind and around buildings, its route was completely through city-owned alleys. Earning it the nickname "Alley 'L'." This was done to circumvent the difficulty of obtaining consent signatures from the property owners along the streets, something required by the Cities and Villages Act of 1872. Photo taken by Samuel Peake Hyde, b. Feb 17, 1850, St. Francisville, Clark, Missouri; d. April 28, 1921, Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois., son of Edwin C. Hyde and Elizabeth Hyde. Samuel was a clerk for J. G. Green Company, 1867, and then worked with his father at E.C. Hyde & Co., Storage and Commission, 4 South Commercial Street, Belleville, IL. Sam resided at 37 North Douglas, Belleville, Illinois. | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos