As did many other interurban lines, The Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway Company built Dellwood Park (201+ photos) to promote ridership on the line during the weekends. It opened July 4, 1905. It was common for a company to sponsor a picnic for their employees in this park. In addition to an amusement park, a grandstand that held 5,000 spectators for events such as baseball games and sulky races, and a scenic railroad; they built a dam to create a lake for swimming and boating in the summer and for ice skating in the winter [patch and LockportHistory] Dellwood is now a regular park with playground equipment, baseball diamonds, pavilions and parking lots.
|20170724,25 0541rc, part of an interpretive sign|
The text on the sign about this photo is:
Visitors to Dellwodd Park, as shown in this early 1900s scene, were greeted by the spectacular panorama of a man-made lagoon, waterfall, and boathouse. Walks led to other amusements, over bridges and along limestone bluffs.
As many as 10,000 people came here on summer weekends, day and evening, with boating and dancing being the popular attractions. The dance pavilion could accommodate 700 couples and attracted famous bands. Societies and clubs also held social events in the park.
|Halsted Pazdzior posted|
A southbound Texas Eagle crosses in to view as a biker takes a quick rest. Dellwood Park in Lockport Township is definitely one of a kind. The CN Joliet Subdivision parallels the I & M Trail which is great for hiking or biking. Fraction Run (Creek) runs under Route 171 (where I'm standing) and under the tracks to the canal.
|Brian Smith shared|
|Michael Millerin posted|
Need some help. I believe these are Chicago Alton R.R. cars as they are sitting on Chicago Alton R.R. tracks next to Dellwood Park Lockport, Illinois circ. 1916. Anyone know what color these cars may have been or what type of locomotive may have pulled them?
Dennis DeBruler I've wondered where the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway ran through here because that is the interurban that built the park.
|Micahael Millering answered my question on this posting|
Michael Millerin The C.J.& E. ran along Rt. 4a also known as Archer Ave. The Chicago and Alton R.R. tracks were located just to the west of the dam and had it's own entrance to the park. I am researching for a diorama project. My facebook page is called "Dellwood Park Diorama".
Bill Molony posted a colorized version
This is what the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway's station at Dellwood Park in Lockport looked like - circa 1910.
|Bill Molony posted|
Dellwood Park in Lockport was not a regularly scheduled stop for Chicago & Alton passenger trains, but occasionally an excursion train would stop there to drop off visitors.
This post card is dated January 28, 1911.
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A short video of an EJ&E picnic at Dellwood Park in Lockport to warm you up on a very cold day. Like many companies back then, the "J" had an annual picnic for its employees every summer. This video from the 1927 picnic is just a short clip from a much longer film made by a professional company hired by the "J" to record the event.
[Can you imagine wearing a coat and tie to a picnic today?]