Posts in category "Historical Research"

Blood Moon lunar eclipse eerily marks the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic

Blood Moon lunar eclipse eerily marks the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic
Ah..yet another strange coincidence to point out to our Chicago strange history fans out there.  Late tonight into the wee hours of Tuesday the full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth creating not a disappearing moon but rather a darker colored moon with deep red hues which has earned it the nickname... Read more »

A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!

A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!
A Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!  Who would have thunk it?   I would be completely remiss if doing a series of articles on the relics of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition if I didn’t talk about what very well could be the largest remaining artifact of the Fair if you don’t count the Museum of... Read more »

The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City

The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City
Again history can sometimes be stranger than fiction and again as I look closer at the history of the World’s Columbian Exposition I am never disappointed by what is uncovered.  Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854 – 1902) was known as the richest man in Germany at the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition and his estimated... Read more »
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The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition could not escape Friday the 13th

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition could not escape Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th, it evokes all types of responses.  The less superstitious of us see it as no more consequential than Thursday the 12th or Saturday the 14th.  Those of us more prone to superstition will react in many different ways ranging from merely being more cautious when crossing the street to the extreme of... Read more »

Brewster Apartments : Bad Luck, Coincidence, Poor Maintenance, or Something Else?

Brewster Apartments : Bad Luck, Coincidence, Poor Maintenance, or Something Else?
I have always loved the Brewster Apartments (or Lincoln Park Palace as it was originally referred to when it was eventually finished in 1896).  A couple of good friends had lived there when they attended DePaul University and when they told me that they had moved in, I had to go with to take photos... Read more »

Tubal-Cain Left The White City with No Forwarding Address

Tubal-Cain Left The White City with No Forwarding Address
Article 5 in Series:  Remnants of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago UPDATE ON TUBAL CAIN  January, 17, 2013 As luck would have it a Mr. Alan Gornik had contacted me regarding Tubal-Cain and confirmed a couple of years ago its location which is still with Chicago Dreis & Krump in Peotone.  I managed... Read more »
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2013 Flu Epidemic nothing compared to 1918

2013 Flu Epidemic nothing compared to 1918
I believe the last estimate of deaths in Illinois from influenza this season is at 27 which is nothing to sneeze at  (sorry) but it is nothing compared to what Chicago and the rest of the world went through in 1918. My first introduction to the Flu Pandemic of 1918 was about twenty years ago... Read more »

150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and a Haunted Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the City of Evanston?

150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and a Haunted Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the City of Evanston?
Could there be a haunted portrait of Abraham Lincoln somewhere in one of the municipal buildings in the City of Evanston?  It is many times  better to be lucky than good!  At least we used to say that in the police department.   This little tidbit of a story came to me when I was comparing... Read more »

A bit of The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, among other World’s Fairs, in Elmhurst, IL

A bit of The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, among other World’s Fairs, in Elmhurst, IL
Article 4 in Series:  Remnants of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago ***UPDATED INFO***  1/2/2013- Just received word from the Elmhurst History Museum that while the traveling exhibit on the first floor ends January 7th the “Elmhurst Goes to the Fair” exhibit upstairs has been extended to April 21, 2013! *** In an ongoing... Read more »
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2012 Escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago MCC reminiscent of 1985 and 1859

2012 Escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago MCC reminiscent of 1985 and 1859
As I was walking north on Clark Street this morning on my way to the Daley Center to research some old naturalization petitions (I am sort of a genealogy nut), I passed by the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) (the federal detention facility in Chicago), as I normally do about twice a week.  Only this time,... Read more »