Clybourn train station/neighborhood?
Date: March 16, 2012 03:14PM
I often find that walking around an area brings a completely different awareness vs.driving.
So after decades driving around the near northwest side, it struck me like a bolt of lightning while destination walking down Clybourn Avenue ... the Clybourn train station is not anywhere near Clybourn Avenue.
The Wikipedia entry for the train station states: "It is called Clybourn because nearby West Cortland Street was part of Clybourn before Clybourn was extended North." But it also says the station opened in 1923 (seems late), so even if Cortland had been part of Clybourn at one time, the northern extension would have been created by that time. So something seems amiss about the wikipedia.
Instead of being named after the street (like Western Avenue or Kedzie), I'm wondering if Clybourn has a similar root usage to Healy and Grayland on the Milwaukee Road North. And what would that history be? Simply railroad-invented names/communities? Actual villages/subdivisions/neighborhoods that long ago were overridden by other names (Wicker Park, Hemosa, Irving Park, etc.)?