Thursday, September 22, 2022

Retail Coal Silos Were Still Standing in 1981 in Lombard, IL


This photo helps me understand the ubiquity of coal retailers until the middle of the 20th Century.

Andy Munzing posted
Lombard Illinois Truck 52 was a 1968 Mack/Pirsch with a 1000GPM pump and a 85' aerial. Taken 1981

Dennis DeBruler commented on Andy's post
I wondered where there used to be retail coal silos still standing in 1981. The silos were next to Main Street.!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4...
[USGS stored this photo with South at the top. I was really confused until the park east of Grace St. made it obvious that I had to rotate the photo 180 degrees.
AR1VALM00010028 1962-03-01 @ 24,000]

Bonus: A retailer on the south side of Chicagoland.
Bill Robinson posted, cropped
Does anyone recognize these silos. They are being tore down August of 1967. It looks like it says Homewood????. I can't make out anymore. This is Harms Excavating of Dolton doing the demo work.

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