Colorized photo from 1900 Sept 1
Original Title: Randolph St East from LaSalle St.
Photographer: Detroit Publishing
Location: 134 W Randolph St Chicago, Ill
This is what Randolph street looked like in the year 1900.
On the right is the original City Hall & County building, it was built, like many of these buildings in around 1870 or so. Though the replaced this building roughly 5 years from now.
Across the street near the Powers Theatre is the Democratic Headquarters. Oddly there is a small dog statue on the building. I don't know if its related to the democrats or the pub below the statue. It's cute though. Next door to that is a rather elaborate stained glass awning. Most of these buildings are long gone, possibly replaced a few times. The only one that remains is the Delaware building. It's that 8 story grayish building on the left.
The cable cart you see there, it uses a cable under ground. The first car is called the grip car. It can pull three passenger cars. But there is no return on this street, they must have used a horse streetcar of some kind. When the streetcar wanted to go they would grip an always moving cable. And to stop they would let go, and presumably hit the brakes.
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