Elevated trains map from 1897 - zoom in and enjoy

For all you transit history fans, and map freaks (like me), I’ve got a map for you.

It’s the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railway Station map of all elevated train stations in Chicago in 1897.

What’s really cool is it’s fully zoomable to great resolution.

Check it out.

Via Gapers Block.


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  • Maybe this should go into John R. Schmidt's blog, but since Rock Island Station has been replaced by the One Financial Place building, the Metra RID station no longer adjoins the Loop L, and there are instructions on walking the plaza to the LaSalle and VanBuren L station or buses on Jackson.

    I also thought that the reason that some north side bus routes ended at Wells-Harrison was to serve that station, but they don't. Is W-H just a less congested point to lay over?

  • In reply to jack:

    Are you saying that the Old Rock Island Station and Lassalle/Van buren elevated where at one time connected?

  • In reply to leobaz:

    There used to be a direct connection where you could walk from either the mezzanine of the LaSalle/Van Buren L Station or it might have been the Outer Loop platform, it's so long since I did it, I've forgotten, right into LaSalle St, Station to catch either Rock Island trains or New York Central trains.

  • In reply to leobaz:

    Chicago-L.org has a lot of great, old maps of elevated trains.

    Or, directly:

  • In reply to leobaz:

    Speaking of which, the Sun-Times has this article about a sad looking coyote being found at the LaSalle Street Station of the RID. Probably not happy about the train to Tinley Park being late. Also probably not happy that unlike her North Shore brethren, she didn't get French (poodle) or Mexican (chihuahua) food for breakfast.

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