Re: more cool "Call Northside 777" screen shots
Date: October 08, 2010 02:09AM
> Thanks for the clarification...nice photo too. I'm
> surprised that section of store fronts was
> demolished by 1971.
they were probably demolished way before that...an aerial view shows a majority of that block gone by 62'..by 73' the entire block was a parking lot..the current building occupying that site (2 east 8th) I believe went up in the early to mid 80's...
My best guess is that the area in and around where Jimmy Stewart exited the subway in "northside 777" in 1948, was a place you would not to find yourself after dark...the area was basically centered around Dearborn Station and the surrounding RR yard, and then you had the straglers from the flophouses, peep shows and honky tonks, further north on State...
Pacific Garden Mission was right there @ 646 S State, for over 80 yrs, right smack dab in the center of all the bums,hobos,and winos...from the PCM website:
"On January 30, 1923, due to the shifting of the hobo jungle, God brought Pacific Garden Mission to its present location at 646 South State Street. This area of Chicago, just south of the loop, was referred to as "Murderer's Row" because so many people had been killed there in recent years. Some 5,000 men flopped nightly in cheap hotels along the Row. Satan peddled his wares in the most brazen manner imaginable. The Mission found its new home, in the center of Satan's stronghold, in a three-story building that had formerly housed the notorious "White House", a den of drink and sex. Here, men would be offered overnight accommodations, as well as food."
BTW, I had captured a couple of views of that saloon that Jimmy Stewart walks into and the name on the window looks like "Hogan's"