Re: Chicago's first gas works
Date: June 22, 2014 11:10AM
Of the several gasworks shown on the map "Robinson's Atlas of the City of Chicago, 1886",
one example, in Volume 2, plate 27, is a gasworks shown as "Chicago Gaslight & Coke Co.", located within a block bounded by the streets: 31st, Halsted, 32nd and Lituanica (was Auburn).
When the 1886 map is compared with an aerial view in "Historical Aerials" http://www.historicaerials.com/ , of the block, the 1938 photo shows no buildings within it; however, the 1952 photo shows buildings similar to a present-day Google Satellite view -- https://maps.google.com/maps?q=31st+and+halsted,+chicago&hl=en&ll=41.837325,-87.647215&spn=0.003301,0.005429&sll=39.739318,-89.266507&sspn=9.863297,22.236328&hnear=S+Halsted+St+%26+W+31st+St,+Chicago,+Illinois&t=h&z=18
I presume that few residents, if any, that are now living within the block, are aware that a late 19th century gas works once existed there.; and curious to see a Sanborn Insurance Map of the site.
Also, another interesting item: during the Railroad Riots in 1877, the 9th Infantry, United States army company was stationed [ "One company at retort, corner of Halsted and 31st street." ]
Examples of a gasworks "retort" or "retort house" :
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2014 09:22AM by nordsider.