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  Chicago Tunnel Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1912, the Illinois Tunnel Company, daughter of Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company was reorganized and renamed the Chicago Tunnel Company, and all of the telephone cables from tunnels were removed.
Chicago Tunnel Company was declared bankrupt in 1956, the network was closed and abandoned in the summer of 1959.
In 1992, a cable television employee in the tunnel underneath the Chicago River videotaped mud and water oozing in where the bottom of wooden pilings penetrated into the tunnel's roof.
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 Chicago's Unique Underground
The tunnels were originally constructed at the beginning of this century by the Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company for carrying telephone and telegraph cables.
The Chicago Tunnel Company is mainly concerned with the collection of package freight from the various warehouses and business houses within the city, and with its transference to the railway terminals for dispatch throughout the country.
Tunnel coal trucks are loaded at the railway depots through chutes from above and travel underground to the large buildings of the city, where conveyers receive and carry the coal to the furnaces.
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 Frederic Delaitre's Lost Subways / Chicago Freight Subway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The franchise as granted eventually, specified that tunnels were to be constructed and used for the transmission of "sound, signals, and intelligence by means of electricity or otherwise".
All that the authorities stated at the time was that the tunnels were high and wide enough for a man to work in comfortably, with ample space for for the suspension of the telephone wires from the roof and side walls, and planned to meet the future growth of the system.
In places this tunnel had to go through the piles on which the building rests and the result is that the subway actually rests on the bottom portion of these piles, and the top part of the piles on the crown of the tunnel.
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 Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad History
The company was interested in running miniature freight trains in the tunnels, using small electric mine locomotives and pony sized freight cars.
The Illinois Tunnel Company never did very well financially, and it was troubled by political and legal problems through it's parent the Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company.
In 1912 the Illinois Tunnel Company was reorganized and renamed the Chicago Tunnel Company.
users.ameritech.net /chicagotunnel/tunnel1x.html   (767 words)

 A brief History of the Chicago Great Western
The Winona and Southwestern Railway Company acquired the property of the Winona Osage and Southwestern Railroad Company on October 20, 1891.
On July 5, 1901, the Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railroad Company acquired the property of the Duluth, Red Wing and Southern Railroad and on September 10, 1901, acquired all of the property of the Winona and Western Railway Company.
April 11, 1878, the Dubuque and Dakota Railroad Company incorporated, and acquired the unfinished railroad of the Iowa Pacific Railroad Company between Fayette Junction and Belmond, in 1878 and 1879 the railroad from Waverly to Hampton was completed.
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 Articles - Chicago, Illinois   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was incorporated with a population of 350.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago was founded in 1954 and performs in the Civic Opera Building, which was built in 1929 on the east bank of the Chicago River and is the second-largest opera auditorium in North America, with 3,563 seats.
In the field of music, Chicago is well-known for its Chicago blues, Chicago soul and it is known as the birthplace of the House style of music, whose history is related to the development and fostering of the techno electronic style of music in nearby Detroit.
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 Chicago: 1901 Chicago Freight Tunnels
The construction of freight tunnels in Chicago was begun in 1901 under a franchise granted by the City of Chicago to the Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company, dated February 20, 1899, to carry telephone and telegraph wires and cables.
There were approximately 62 miles of tunnels and connections running 40 feet beneath most of the downtown streets, all equipped with track of two feet gauge and with trolley for the use of electric locomotives.
The Chicago Tunnel Company and the Chicago Tunnel Terminal Company, operators of the system, discontinued operation in July, 1959, and both companies' assets were liquidated.
www.chipublib.org /004chicago/timeline/tunnelfrght.html   (221 words)

 Infiltration: Transit Tunnels FAQ
Active transit tunnels are especially alluring sites to those who ride through them every day, but abandoned tunnels once used by passenger or freight trains hold a charm of their own.
A tunnel which was originally built for the purpose of facilitating traffic.
Chicago Tunnel Company - An extensive look at the past and present of a 2-foot gauge railway 40-feet under Chicago.
www.infiltration.org /transit.htm   (1122 words)

 Illinois Railway Museum - IRM Goes Underground
The existence of the old tunnels finally became big news in 1992, when a contractor knocked a hole into the side of one of the bores, allowing the Chicago River to flood the tunnels and thereby many building basements in the downtown business district and the CTA State Street subway.
A connection was made with the rest of the tunnel system by means of elevators down to the normal 40' depth and then by tunnels under the IC tracks.
The City of Chicago took control of the tunnels, and by 1959 a scrapper had disposed of most of the rolling stock and other valuable equipment, such as the copper trolley wire, in the main tunnel system.
www.irm.org /railwire/rw162a1.html   (3030 words)

 sixosix magazine chicago • 606mag.com • chicago magazine • tunnels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Although the tunnels were officially constructed to house only telephone cables, the Illinois Tunnel Company also secretly installed railroad tracks in them.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s the tunnels enjoyed reasonable notoriety as Commonwealth Edison negotiated with the city to use some of the abandoned tunnels as conduits for high voltage cables.
Several telecommunications companies also began to use the tunnels for their cables, which is quite ironic, considering that the tunnels were originally constructed for this purpose.
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 150 Tunnel Links
http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/timeline/tunnelfrght.html Chicago: 1901 Chicago Freight Tunnels 1901 Chicago Freight Tunnels The construction of freight tunnels in Chicago was begun in 1901 under a franchise granted by the...
http://trains.wellington.net.nz/tunnels.html New Zealand Railway Tunnels New Zealand Railway Tunnels Longest The longest railway tunnel in New Zealand, and indeed the longest in the southern hemisphere, is the 8879 m long Kaimai tunnel at Apata on the East Coast Main Trunk Line.
http://www.trains.wellington.net.nz/tunnels.html New Zealand Railway Tunnels New Zealand Railway Tunnels Longest The longest railway tunnel in New Zealand, and indeed the longest in the southern hemisphere, is the 8879 m long Kaimai tunnel at Apata on the East Coast Main Trunk Line.
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 St. Clair Tunnel Company
On October 24, 1891, the first revenue freight train passed through the tunnel from Port Huron to Sarnia, however, it was not until December 7th that the first passenger train travelled through the tunnel.
The St. Clair Tunnel Company operated as an independent subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway until 1923 when the GTR was absorbed into the Canadian National Railways.
The four steam locomotives were relieved of their tunnel duties in May 1908 when they were replaced by six electric locomotives due to concerns about crew suffocation if a train stalled in the tunnel.
www.trainweb.org /elso/stclair.htm   (802 words)

 Articles - Chicago River   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In the 1770s, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable built his farm on the northern bank of the river, the first non-Native American settlement of Chicago, and early in the next century, Fort Dearborn was built on the southern bank of the river.
Before this time the Chicago River was known by many local residents of Chicago as "the stinking river" because of the massive amounts of sewage and pollution which poured into the river from Chicago's booming industrial economy.
In 1992 the Chicago Flood occurred when a pile driven into the river punctured a hole in the wall of the long abandoned Chicago Tunnel Company near Kinzie Street.
www.beadscenter.com /articles/Chicago_River   (536 words)

 The Drying of Chicago
In 1903 the City Council granted a franchise to expand the tunnel to its current size, seven and a half feet high, six feet wide at its widest part, and five feet wide at the bottom.
The City of Chicago became the owner of the tunnel system in 1959 when the last firm to operate the tunnel, Chicago Tunnel Company, went bankrupt.
Both companies marshalled their equipment and personnel in Chicago as the water was being pumped out of the basements.
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 Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad Home Page
The Illinois Tunnel Company (later known as the Chicago Tunnel Company) started operating trains through the freight tunnels in 1906.
Learn about the History of the Chicago Tunnel Company from the beginnings of train operations until abandonment.
These are the most recent photographs taken in the tunnels.
users.ameritech.net /chicagotunnel/tunnel1.html   (370 words)

Chicago Buildings--Architecture: Chicago’s Loop of 1900 was a wondrous place for fans of architecture.
Chicago in 1900 - A history of Chicago and an overview of life as it existed there in 1900.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences HOME PAGE "Founded in 1857, the Chicago Academy of Sciences is dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of science through programs that focus on the natural environment.
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Railroad historical society devoted to the history, both past and present, of the Chicago Tunnel Company, which operated 60 miles of 2 foot gauge railroad under the city's streets until 1959.
A film that traces the history the great migration of African-Americans from the rural South through the personal stories of a group of older Chicagoans born mostly in the Mississippi Delta.
In 1894, the workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company began a strike that eventually became the first nationwide workers' strike.
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 Infiltration: Illinois
Chicago Rail System - Urban archaeology on a primitive rail system under Chicago.
Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad - Stories and pictures about this largely disused tunnel system under Chicago.
Tunneling at UIC - Photo tour of the amazing tunnels and basements under the University of Illinois at Chicago.
www.infiltration.org /resources-illinois.html   (102 words)

 CPL Chicago: 1992, April 13: Freight Tunnel Flood
In one of Chicago's strangest accidents, a piling driven into the Chicago River bottom caused a leak in one of Chicago's underground freight tunnels.
In 1899 under the guise of constructing a telephone system, developers semi-clandestinely began digging tunnels connecting any and all Loop office buildings they thought might be in the market for direct freight service.
A two foot gauge mine type electric railway was laid in the tunnels.
www.chipublib.org /004chicago/disasters/tunnel_flood.html   (259 words)

 Shore Line Interurban Historical Society: Product Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
After all, in the Chicago Tunnel Company the Windy City had a railroad absolutely unique in the world.
The tunnel's promoters insisted for a long time that the phone system was the reason they were digging the tunnels, but the truth eventually emerged: They were laying tracks in those tunnels, and there were cries of fraud until the city's politicians were paid off.
One of the failings of the system was that these cars had to be transloaded off or onto the big railroads at various depots at which the tunnel cars had to be brought to the surface by elevator.
www.shore-line.org /ProductReviews/2002-03winter.html   (1038 words)

 Chicago: Quotations, history, facts, links
We've collected interesting and unusual facts about the history of Chicago, obscure, illuminating, or humorous quotations and quips about Chicago, and song lyrics that address Chicago.
During the 1920s, the Chicago Rapid Transit Company commissioned the city's finest graphic artists to produce advertising posters that encouraged Chicagoans to use rapid transit for more than commuting to work.
Photographs from the files of the Chicago Sun-Times, from the 1940's to the present.
www.corsinet.com /chicago   (332 words)

 IA on the Web: Industrial Archeology (IA) links from the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) web site
History and photos about the underground narrow gauge electric railroad that was built and operated below the streets of Chicago from 1899 to 1959.
Site features history of the Chicago freight tunnels, FAQ, a Chicago Tunnel System map, freight and passenger cars photos and info, photos and text about exploring the abandoned tunnels and their current use.
Chicago's Transit Architect, Arthur U. Gerber: His Life and Work (1878-1960) Web site includes photos and info about his transit buildings and their history and use as well as his other designs and the importance of businessman Samuel Insull to the transit industry.
www.siahq.org /iaontheweb/railroads.html   (347 words)

 The Illinois History Resource Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Chicago History Research Guide - Links to the locations of city records and photos for serious researchers.
Chicago Imagebase - Historic photos and maps of Chicago and a study of its architecture.
Chicago Landmarks -Historic buildings and the Chicago Commission on Landmarks.
www.historyillinois.org /hist.html   (1786 words)

 Important Links in Chicagoland #2 - PolskiInternet.com
No matter where you are, when you hear the term "Downtown" you immediately assume they're talking about Downtown Chicago.
- Brief chronological history of Chicago which includes many links to Deaths, Disturbances, Disasters and Disorders in Chicago.
Chicago "L" - History of public transit system in Chicago.
www.polskiinternet.com /english/info/chic/chicagohistory.html   (127 words)

 Chicago Transit Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Central Electric Railrans Association, based in Chicago, which presents programs and publishes books about electric railroading in Chicago and the Midwest
Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad Home Page, about the now-abandoned extensive network of narrow-gauge electric freight railroad tunnels under the streets of downtown Chicago
Campaign for Better Transit, an advocacy organization for transit users in the Chicago area.
web.presby.edu /~jtbell/transit/Chicago   (170 words)

 Macca's TTDX Scenarios - Railway Links
In Aug 1996 an Illinois Railway Museum crew literally "dug up" some historic railroad equipment, extracting the last accessible rolling stock of the Chicago Tunnel Company from under Lake Shore Drive near Chicago's Grant Park.
The Cincinnati Subway is perhaps the world's largest abandoned subway, it began as a canal that wound through town which was drained and subway tunnels were built along it's length.
Various events then happened to ensure it was never connected to the rest of the railway system and so it was abandoned.
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 chicago web site design company Resources for Web Design and Web Site Design   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
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Railroad historical society devoted to the history, both past and present, of the Chicago Tunnel Company, which operated 60 miles of 2 foot gauge railroad under the streets of Chicago...
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 Jazz Age Chicago -- Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
History of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, The Jesuits
History of the Chicago Blackhawks [In the Crease]
History of the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee Interurban [L. Hedien]
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