ICRR South Side Rail Spurs
Date: December 01, 2013 01:32PM
I was looking at maps posted in a link here on the forum in a different topic (Sanborn Maps) and noticed something maybe some of you can answer.
In the 1907 George Cram Map Of Chicago, there seem to be two distinct rail lines off of the Illinois Central line. One heads west along 61st Street and terminates at the Washinton Park Race Track, and the other also heads west, along 67th, inside the boundary of Oak Woods Cemetery (serving the funeral trains, I assume).
The topographic map feature of Historic Aerials show the similar routes but only in the 1891 map - by 1900, those lines aren't there any more.
Did these rail lines actually exist or were they just planned and never built?