Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wabash's 1955 Freight House Fire

(Satellite, everything has been redeveloped)

Glen Miller posted
5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at the Wabash Railroad Freight House
27 W Roosevelt Road December 26, 1955. photographer unknown
So the person that labeled this picture thinks "freighthouse" is one word. I have struggled with using a compound word vs. using two words for months.

In the following 1938 photo, I left the "demagnify icon" on what I believe is the freight house on fire. In the aerial excerpt, Roosevelt is across the top, Clark is on the left and State is on the right.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
I made the following map excerpt to research Marty Bernard's photo that is looking south from Roosevelt. The freight house on fire was their outbound freight house. You can tell by the two rows of box cars parked next to it in Marty's photo. In the fire photo, the freight house to the left of the burning one was the Wabash inbound freight house.

1964 Dearborn Station's Access
Tom Bedwell posted
Waiting for work.
Dennis DeBruler A nice view of the running boards on the box cars. They would put planks between the inner and outer rows of boxcars so that outgoing LCL (less than carload) freight can be rolled into the boxcar that is going to the proper destination for that LCL.
Dennis DeBruler We are looking south of Roosevelt with the Wabash Outbound Freight House on the left and the C&EI Inbound Freight House on the right. The signalling bridge in the distance is just this side of 14th Street.

Steve S Czajkowski posted
Plymouth Court east side of Dearborn Station Aug.11 1930

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