Re: Bryn Mawr Ave.
Date: October 16, 2013 01:40AM
I realize that I'm a bit late in this response, but I just learned of this forum yesterday.
Anyhoo, I was intrigued by this question, so I searched my extensive collection of Chicago maps and street guides, and came up with some info about Bryn Mawr ave.
According to my 1946 "Rand McNally (RM) Chicago Pocket Map", BM was continuous from Elston ave. to Mannheim/LaGrange rd. A 1946 Chicago area map showed BM to be the southern border of what was Orchard Field, continuing west to a block or so east of Mt. Prospect rd., which was 12000 west and is the county line.
My RM 1950 street guide shows BM ending at 7900 west, or Canfield. I believe that the city had not yet incorporated that huge hunk of land west of Canfield between Park Ridge (Higgins) and Irving Park rd.
A 1960 RM map shows BM ending at Cumberland but then continuing on from Des Plaines River Road to the eastern edge of O'Hare (a railroad track was the border at that point); in order to get to the edge of O'Hare, it went UNDER the tollway. At least that's what the map shows; it must have had to do that, since there was no other way for BM to get to the west side of the tollway.
Anyhoo, that's my 2 cents' worth.