Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jackson Park station 1893 #tbt #63rdStL

The image you will see below is fascinating. Did you know back during the 1893 Columbia Exposition that the East 63rd/Jackson Park L was built towards the fair grounds there?
What I didn't know until recently that also had that picture posted on their webpage for what they refer to as the Jackson Park Station of what was formerly the South Side Rapid Transit line. I had the idea of this building being the Museum of Science and Industry except the building where the museum is now is a different one known as the fine arts building. That building is the only remaining structure from that fair.

The Jackson Park station after the fair was closed and demolished and the line terminated at Stony Island. Then in the 1980s the Stony Island terminal was eliminated after concerns over the maintenance of an overpass over railroad tracks. Then in the 1990s the branch was further cut with the remainder of the line past the current Cottage Grove terminal was demolished.

Then in recent years a grassroots effort to ultimately re-extend the line back to Stony Island with the Obama Presidential Library coming to Jackson Park in the near future. Perhaps they could end the new East 63rd Green Line in Jackson Park as close to the Museum of Science and Industry or terminate hear the presidential library. Who knows what the future has in store for this part of the city.

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