It is quite small...it would qualify for the tiny streets page if it were named something other than 57th pl. And the fact that Major ave is an alley makes it more odd. Do you know the history of this oddity?
I don't, but you are correct Major is an alley that serves only to connect to 57th and it certainly wouldn't seem that the houses would predate the railroad. There is an even odder house in an alley directly north two blocks, but it is literally in an alley and it has an address that is posted on a wooden sign on 56 th street as I wrote about previously. This house seems to be an old farmhouse and makes more sense that it would be built around.
A truly unique short street is Gullikson north from (7100 W. 63rd st.) It is essentially a condo parking lot and the two condos are the only addresses. It is probably too long, in total 3/8ths of a block.My question is where does the street end and the lot begin? It is realtively new, but the street does appear on google maps.
This short street is actually in Clearing, but there is an spur of Harlem Ave that is a side street with houses on one side, from 65th street north for a block. The real Harlem curves and heads over the Bedford Pk tracks.
It's the edge of Chicago, staking its claim saying 'this is ours!'
On a side note, In Ursula Bielski's Chicago Haunts book she states that the the girl she believes to be the inspiration for the Resurrection Mary story was killed in a car accident on Old Harlem and 68th while crossing the railroad tracks.