View Full Version : Marseiles & Streator RR on Robinson (Laramine)
12-22-2009, 01:13 PM
Check out this Blanchard map of Chicago 1887
The map shows the M & S RR on Division, turning North onto Robinson (Laramine)
heading North to the Cragin station. I can't find this line on any other map, before or after 1887. Anyone have any info. about this
12-23-2009, 12:28 PM
Huh. You have to wonder whether this railroad was merely proposed, not built. You'll notice the dashed-line symbols are different from those used for rail lines known to be in existence. I don't see a legend on the map, though.
02-17-2010, 01:01 PM
The RR was called the Chicago,Marseiles & Streator Railroad Company. They applied for right of way from the village of Jefferson ( the area north of North Ave annexed to Chicago in 1889). The right of way was on Robinson (Laramine) between North ave & The St. Paul tracks. This from the Tribune dated 7/21/1886.
This would have been only one of many "right of ways" that would have had to be petitioned for.
Also from the same article was this " The clerk was instructed to advertise for bids for the cleaning the poorhouse ditch at Bowmanville, which is said to be causing sickness from its overflow of sewage". There is no such thing as the "Good old days"
04-27-2010, 02:03 AM
Theres a link regarding this RR here (http://books.google.com/books?id=pVwZAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=streator+marseilles+railroAD&source=bl&ots=RWlEtmR2YS&sig=UmjcDGAVR3yzqHoMDY8gavJipro&hl=en&ei=PYnWS6nBHoXuNLahkcAF&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=streator%20marseilles%20railroAD&f=false), from 1889
Streator and Marseilles are both locally known as stereotypical backwards communities ("Keep your peter out of Streator!", "Mar-tucky"). This theoretical rail line connecting the two is pure fodder for comedy for someone who grew up around this area. :p
04-27-2010, 10:23 AM
Or a scam. Why would a short-line railroad in LaSalle County need tracks in Chicago? But the promise of a rail line of any kind would immediately increase the value of the adjacent land. Be interesting to know more about the guys listed as the backers of this scheme.
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