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"Bridges, viaducts, and underpasses: Ashland Ave. and Belmont Ave., Image 2",
James S. Parker and Chicago Photography (University of Illinois at Chicago)
William Russ posted a different exposure
[The comments indicate the bridge in the background is Erie Street.
I believe it is Grand Avenue.]
Paul Petraitis shared
When you see reference to a Kinzie Street RR Bridge, it probably is referring to the now abandoned Chicago & Northwestern RR Bridge south of Kinzie. But there was a Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul & Pacific bridge that was even closer on the north side.
From the comments on the Flickr link in the caption we learn that it was referred to as the J-O bridge and that it was removed in 1973.
There was heavy industry and railroads along the Chicago River North Branch and on Goose Island until after World War II.
The map reminds me that "and Pacific" was not part of the corporate name in 1897. It also shows that the east side of Goose Island was a canal. That is, Goose Island is a man-made island. It was dug to increase the number of lots that had access to water-based transport.
|pdf copy from 1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p. 316|
|pdf copy from 1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p. 328|
Moving the time machine forward from 1915 to 1938 (aerial photo below) shows that much of the heavy industry east of the track has disappeared, but there is still industry between the track and the canal/river.
The segment of track from the C&NW tracks that crosses the river and goes to, and on, Goose Island still exists. The track between that segment and the removed bridge has been removed. The railyard in the initial photo on the east bank is now occupied by the East Bank Club, a health club.
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|pdf copy from 1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p. 312|
|1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p. 311|
|Jeff Nichols posted|
Chicago Terminal Transfer Railway Company Bridge over Chicago River (between Taylor and Roosevelt), 1911. Chicago History Museum, DN-0056531From yet another posting of the picture at the top comes the comment:
Mitchell Brown I remember reading a statistic - in 1950, the USA accounted for fully 50% of the world's GDP, while Chicago accounted for around 33% of the USA's GDP.Update:
That's an insane number.
|Jonathan David posted|
Where East Bank Club currently sits. Please share your pictures/stories of River North from back in the old days![The parking lot used to be railyards. You can see there were industrial buildings close to the loop which is why the Milwaukee had a line up Kingsbury Street.]
|Allen Thilk shared David M Laz's photo.|
The Kinzie Bridge at the bottom of the pic is still with us, but the rail bridge north of it is long gone.
Ken Olson I believe the building to the right was the original C&E terminal until the swing bridge was added so that passenger trains could terminate at Union Station. Or should I say CUS.
Erik Coleman You're probably correct, that was once the original route from downtown to Pacific Jct. before the "bypass" via Western Ave.
|Chicago & North Western Historical Society posted|
Here we are looking north along the north branch of the Chicago River. The Kinzie Street bridge isseen at the lower right of the photo. The diagonal swing bridge across the river is the Milwaukee Road bridge which is used to connect the main line of the Milwaukee Road (behind the photographer's left shoulder) to the "Goose Island" line. On rare occasion Milwaukee Road passenger trains used this line if there was a blockage at Western Avenue. The distant bridge is the Erie Street bridge, now gone. So also is the Milwaukee Road bridge as well as the rail yards seen. There is no date or photographer data on the back of the photo held at the archives of the C&NW Historical Society
Keltic Ray posted
For my train folks this line ran to Goose Island...in 1972 was removed
Ronnie Lenzi Kinzie St. Bridge in foreground, the east side of swing bridge is the East Bank Club. Way in the back of photo is Erie Cafe. Great photo thanks for posting.
Jeff Bransky That RR swing bridge pivoted off center near the far end.
David Daruszka The bridge was part of the Chicago, St. Paul & Milwaukee's Chicago & Evanston line. It was meant to be a competitive commuter line to the C&NW's. It ran as far north as Wilmette. The tracks that ran past Wrigley Field were part of that line. The CTA line that runs to Howard Street and in to Evanston occupy the former right-of-way. http://chicagorails.blogspot.com/.../the-little-railroad...
Jeff Bransky The RR bridge can be seen on this map. On the far right is the Erie Street Bridge which was removed in 1971. You can also see the old configuration of Milwaukee avenue when it was on a bridge above the tracks and intersected Lake Street.
|Chicago History Museum via DNAinfo|
Kinzie Street Bridge rotated across Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois, November 13, 1899.
[This view must be looking north because the swing bridge in the background appears to be on an angle with respect to the river channel. So it would be this Milwaukee bridge.]
|Xavier Quintana posted|
A 1958 view of Wolf Point with the Lake Street elevated train and bridge in foreground. Kinzie Street bridge is in the middle of the frame. (Vintage Tribune)
|Jeff Bransky commented on a posting|
Here’s another photo showing bridges and viaducts over the extensive Northwestern RR yards west of the river.
[Cropped and exposed differently than the photo above.]
In the background of this photo, it looks like the bridge has swung open.
|Jim Arvites posted|
On this Day in History on January 23, 1970 the Milwaukee Road's "Afternoon Hiawatha" made their final runs between Chicago and Minneapolis.
|Bill Molony posted|
A single Chicago & North Western EMD E3A was sufficient to power the seven-car Shoreland 400 away from Chicago & North Western Terminal in early 1942.
Dennis DeBrulerYou and 1 other manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Chicago Railroad Historians. We can see part of Milwaukee's bobtail bridge behind Clinton Street Tower. That bridge connected the Chicago & Evanston branch to Milwaukee's main tracks going to Union Station.
|Jeff Kehoe posted|
Here's a 'blast from the past' as MILW heads into Chicago's Union Station in April of 1967. Wonder who had the 'big idea' to paint that bottle of booze on the building in the background?---Geo. Strombeck photo
[Part of this bridge is peaking out to the right of the 1898 North American Cold Storage Warehouse.]
|Jim Arvites posted|
On this Day in History on January 23, 1970 the Milwaukee Road's "Afternoon Hiswatha" made their final runs between Chicago and Minneapolis.
Tyson Park You can see the Milwaukee Road's "Bobtail" swing bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River in the distance, just past the Kinzie Street bridge. Interesting to see Wolf Point without the Apparel Center also.Dennis DeBruler I wondered if the bobtail bridge still existed in 1970.Tyson Park It was in use through 1973 when the Milwaukee Road severed the Chicago & Evanston Line at Kingsbury just south of Grand.Matt McClure Now the tracks are covered here. Horrible.Dennis DeBruler Water towers for fire protection still existed.
(Facebook share of David Laz not acknowledging a photo.)