Colorized photo from 1910
Original Title: Dearborn St Station
Location: South Plymouth Ct & Polk Street, Chicago Ill
Dearborn train station, located in Chicago, Illinois. It was first opened on May 8th 1885, it had tall roof's, unlike today. The building was 3 stories tall, the clock tower was 12 stories. It had 10 staging tracks, and it was the height of all stations back in the 1920s. At that time they had 146 train stops a day! It was regarded as one of the finest stations around.
In 1922, there was a big fire, no one quite new where it was located, other than it started in the walls. As a result, no one really knew there was a fire, until it was raging from the top. Passengers were scurrying about, trying to rescue their luggage, while police had to push them out with a stick.
Unfortunately they couldn't find anyone willing enough to rebuild that steep roof when they rebuilt it, so they left the roof tops flat. This station ran until 1976, and later that year, they took out the train shed in the back and it sat empty till about 1980. They turned the space into offices and commercial properties, and turned the track space into a park.
December 25th, 2017
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