Re: S Halsted---What Used to Be There?
Date: December 15, 2012 08:40PM
I've read, that on the northwest corner of Halsted Street and Exchange Avenue (4136 S), is an abandoned old hotel, for people who brought cattle to the Union Stockyards.
On the site of the Transit House. And possibly may have been given a fictional name in the Upton Sinclair book The Jungle?
Chicago, IL Transit House Fire, Jan 1912
Using Google Maps, searching: "4136 South Halsted, Chicago", the street view shown was taken in July, 2011. The building may be the old Stock Yards Inn.
And also, I found this description of a photograph of the Transit House in David Lowe's book Lost Chicago (published in 1975):
"The Yards had their own hotel, the Transit House, built in 1869. Here, in the lush days, cowboys and cattlemen from the West mixed with purchasing agents for the armies of the German and French and British empires and the princes of Packington . . . . The Transit House burned in 1912 and was replaced by the Stock Yards Inn."
Edited 7 time(s). Last edit at 12/17/2012 06:43PM by nordsider.