Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lincoln's Funeral Train through Chicago

Bill Molony posting
It did not occur to me until I read this posting that trains had been in Chicago for only a decade or so before Lincoln's funeral train passed through. The train arrived on Illinois Central tracks. Each railroad provided its own engine and extra passenger cars. Only the funeral car and a passenger car for the military guards went across the country. Those two cars were moved from the IC station to the Chicago & Alton Depot via the St. Charles Air Line.

David posted a picture of the IC trestle that is consistent with this map. The IC was built in the lake to act as a breakwater for the expensive homes that then lined Michigan Avenue. The IC tracks became surrounded by land when the debris from the 1871 fire was dumped into the lake.

David Daruszka comment

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