Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I found this old photo taken on the southside of Chicago at West 79th Street and South Western Avenue at My Link page Dave's Electric Railroads, wich is located to the right of Your computer screen at www,davesrailpix.com

Chicago's last day of electric streetcar operation took place on June 21st, 1958, on the Chicago Transit Authority's Route # 22 Clark / wentworth line.

Although I was born in Chicago during 1962 and pretty much had missed the electric streetcar era altogether here in the Windy City, My parents, older relatives and now senior friends of the family...told Me many fascinating stories about riding the electric streetcars in the city of Chicago many decades ago. I found it fascinating, and eventually had the privlidge of riding restored Chicago streetcars at the Illinois Railway Museum in the town of Union Illinois. www.irm.org.

The photo shown here from a section entitled the Bill Volkmer Collecton, was taken at the west terminal of the Chicago Surface Lines ( Pre CTA) Route # 79 electric streetcar line at West 79th Street and South Western Avenue in Chicago's Wrightwood neighborhood. This photo was more than likely taken during the 1940's.

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