Re: Sharpshooters Park 119th and Halsted
Date: October 19, 2013 01:26PM
Yes GARZ you're probably right. From my Roseland/Gano/ Fenger High perspective everything west of Halsted gets kinda lumped together. Aircraft factory? Very interesting. I also read that there was a suerkraut factory along Halsted in the area back around 1900. The "Halsted St corridor" is an area that is a "dead zone" when it comes to history...too far east to get the attention of Blue Island or Morgan Park scholars, too far west for many Roseland historians...this brings up a different topic, the evolution of our streets, from surveyors lines, to fences between landowners to paths among cultivated acres to wagon roads to "improved" roads when townships begin taking the locals to easements shared by neighboring farmers to gravel roads to raised centers with gutters along the borders to macadam to cobblestone to asphalt/cement...I heard that one section of Blue Island Avenue near 18th St had 4 distinct layers underfoot when paved in the 1920's!