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  Railroads Effect Chicago
After the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was completed shortly after 1853, it merged with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway which began its long march to Greenbay WI.
The belt line railroad which made one giant loop around the city and connected to as many trunk railroads as possible brought all three ingredients to their meeting places near the fork of the Chicago River (Growth 52).
The Chicago and Northwestern Railway, with its main line of 242 miles from Chicago to Greenbay was the route that allowed Northern suburbs from Evanston to Lake Forest to become part of the greater metropolitan Chicago.
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 magoo.com: Move of John and Catherine Fitzpatrick McGough from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, to Eau Claire, ...
Thus, Chicago had five railroads in 1852: Galena and Chicago Union and the Chicago and Rock Island to the West, the Illinois Central to the South, and the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana and the Michigan Central to the East.
A good map to identify the railroad lines from Chicago to Rockford, Freeport, and Galena, and the counties involved, is: Map showing the location of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad with its branches and connections in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
The route of the Chicago and Galena Railroad in January, 1855, to Freeport, west of Rockford, with a connection to Galena is shown D.
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 Chicago Cubs : MLB Team
Chicago was first settled by non-indigenous people when Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African American from Haiti, settled on the banks of the Chicago River.
In 1795, the area of Chicago was ceded by the Native Americans in the Treaty of Greenville to the United States for use as a military post.
On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was incorporated as a town with a population of 350.
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 Galena & Chicago Union Railroad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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 Chicago Historical Society - Purchase Event Tickets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Chicago's rapid growth in the 19th century was due largely to its establishment as the railroad capital of America.
It was bought third-hand by William Ogden, the first mayor of Chicago and the first president of the Galena and Chicago Union railroad.
Chicago had emerged as the "railroad capital" of America and thought of itself as the center of the world, as the map shows.
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 FA: Chicago and North Western Power, Dorin, 1st Ed. HB/DJ
Chicago and North Western Power Modern Steam and Diesel 1900 to 1971 by Patrick C. Dorin In the early 1800s, Galena Illinois was a thriving city west of Chicago, but it had a problem.
In 1836 the Illinois legislature granted a charter for the construction of a railroad from Chicago to the lead mines in the northwestern Illinois, to a group of promoters who named the project the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad.
The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was the parent of the road that became the Chicago and North western.
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 Chicago/Milwaukee Timeline   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Chicago's first permanent trading post was established at the mouth of the Chicago River by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable.
The Chicago River was straightened, removing obstructions to the Loop and barriers to the expansion of the cbd.
Chicago Wilderness is a regional nature reserve, comprising an archipelago of 200,000 acres of protected natural lands in the metropolitan region extending from the crescent from southeastern Wisconsin to the six-county Chicago region and through northwestern Indiana.
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 The Iron Horse and the Windy City: How Railroads Shaped Chicago
Before the Civil War, Chicago attracted what Young calls a critical mass; the city had become "a magnet for railroads in all directions of the compass that needed access to its growing rail hub to be competitive" (p.
Chicago, he notes, was in a better position on the Great Lakes to develop relatively equal traffic in all directions, and he analyzes the components of that traffic.
The chapters that follow examine Chicago's early suburbs, the construction of its six major rail terminals, the hotels that served them, and the bottleneck that was created when belt lines, switching and terminal railroads, the freight subway, and interurban railways all made use of the same space.
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 Annals of Iowa, 1921 - How Boonesboro Lost a Railroad Station   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
On June 2, 1864, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was consolidated with the Chicago and North Western Railway and from that time the operation of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, under the lease, was by the Chicago and North Western Railway Company.
During the time the railroad was being built westward from Cedar Rapids across the state, it was uncertain in the minds of our people in Boone County just when and where the railroad would be built across the west half of the state, and at what point it would touch the Missouri River.
During the last of those "railroad meetings" held in the old courthouse for the purpose of raising the subscription to secure the depot, a little incident occurred that may be of interest to some of the old settlers, who looked upon the location of a depot in Boonesboro as a foregone conclusion.
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 Portrait of William B. Ogden
Among the many enterprises of which he was a part: the Illinois and Michigan Canal; Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (the city's first); the City of Chicago (first mayor); Board of Sewerage; and the Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Ogden saw the important connection between rail and water transportation and ran the terminus of the first railroad in Chicago right to the banks of the north branch.
He worked to gain for the Chicago Canal and Dock Company (he was a major investor) control of property along the Chicago River and adjacent Lake Michigan, even hiring Abraham Lincoln to help him gain clear title to river and lakefront property.
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 Chicago and Northwestern Railroad -- DeKalb County, Illinois Digitization Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Built by the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad Company in 1853, this was the first railroad constructed in DeKalb County.
Railroad commerce led to growth in the towns of DeKalb, Malta and Cortland, all of which featured depot stations.
DeKalb's population grew particularly rapidly after the arrival of the railroad; its population was 29 in 1850, 486 in 1854, and 557 in 1855.
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 UP: Chronological History
The predecessor of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (Katy), is incorporated as the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch.
The golden spike is driven at Promontory Summit, Utah by officials of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific, marking the inauguration of the transcontinental railroad.
Union Pacific purchases the Kansas Pacific and Denver Pacific railroads.
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 Wisconsin Railroad Depots - Evansville, WI
Railroad transportation improved steadily and in the 1870's Evansville was one of the main stops on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.
The new building was constructed of brick on railroad land directly north of the 1883 depot.
Railroads complained that trucks were unregulated but the popularity of trucks for shipping continued to increase.
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 Union Pacific Corporation Stock and Picture Postcard
Union Pacific began its westward march across rain-swollen rivers, snow-covered mountains and arid plains from Omaha, Nebraska in 1862.
Union Pacific has been serving the United States ever since, hauling billions of tons of autos, trailer and container traffic, chemicals, coal, grain, lumber, and an almost infnite variety of consumer goods.
The predecessor of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad (Katy), is incorporated as the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch.
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 METRA RAILFAN TIPS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Chicago's second railroad was the Aurora Branch Railroad, which in 1850 began operating between Aurora and West Chicago, connecting with Chicago's first railroad, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad.
The Aurora Branch Railroad gradually extended further west, and was renamed the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
The first suburb outside Chicago is Cicero, location of the main freight yard, and historically the location of the Hawthorne Works where Bell telephones were once manufactured.
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 Chicago & North Western Historical Society - Chicago & North Western - A Capsule History
It called itself the “Pioneer Railroad” because a predecessor, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, was the first railroad running out of Chicago (and all of Illinois), beginning in 1848.
When the C&NW was merged into the Union Pacific in 1995, it exited from the scene a winner, unlike some of its competitors, which were broken up in the bankruptcy courts.
This was a landmark merger in railroad history, and it took place as the Civil War raged in the South.
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 Wheaton Public Library WebCat - Vital Records Index
John B. Turner, president of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad, recorded the community's first plat of twenty-two acres in 1855 under the name of the Town of Junction because the Burlington and the St. Charles Branch line joined the G & CU at this location.
Lester, a station on the Chicago and Pacific Railroad, was located on the east side of Salt Creek in Addison Township and midway between present day towns of Itasca and Bensenville.
Villagers tried to persuade the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad to lay tracks for its railroad through Stacy's Corners, but in 1848 construction was begun a mile south down the hill.
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 The Realization
It was during that time that Galena was the center of the lead mining region of the Northwest.
When the railroad finally did arrive at Galena in 1854, it was a branch of the Illinois Central, extending from Freeport.
Having read through the Galena Daily Advertiser for the years of 1853 through 1855, I would like to share that research and give a progress report on the building of the railroad in Jo Daviess County, as it was reported in the newspaper at that time.
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 History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Aurora Branch Railroad was laid with secondhand strap iron spiked to 12 miles of wooden rails.
By 1864, the railroad had 400 miles of track - all in Illinois - and adopted the familiar name Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Co., which properly described its trackage stretching to Burlington, Iowa and Quincy, Illinois on the Mississippi River.
The railroad across Iowa was the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, incorporated in Burlington in 1852.
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 Kane Co., IL: History of Kane County: The economy & populatrion grows
The railroads also played a significant part in the growth of Kane County as the first line in northern Illinois crossed Elgin and continued south to Geneva.
This was the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad which linked the lead mines on the Mississippi River with the Chicago industrial area.
The Chicago hotels were a major consumer for the milk, butter and cheese from the northern Kane County area and the railroads provided rapid transportation for the fresh dairy products which were shipped daily into the city.
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 LIVING | Our History
Realizing the importance of the railroad for future growth, they offered three miles of free right-of-way to the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad.
With its central location and the railroad, many Wheatonites felt that the DuPage County offices should be moved from Naperville to Wheaton.
They were sent to Chicago for safe-keeping while Naperville residents tried to get the court to reverse the referendum.
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 BRIEF HISTORY OF PECATONICA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
A small stone tavern was located there from 1842 to 1914, and was the halfway point on the Chicago to Galena stagecoach trail.
Speculative investors purchased the town from Dan Reed for $1500 in 1852 after word broke that the railroad was coming through and making a water stop station along the banks of the river.
In September of 1853, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad commenced operation.
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 History of West Chicago
As West Chicago celebrates its sesquicentennial, a look back at its history reveals that almost every important event was connected in some way to the railroads.
Again, the railroads were instrumental in the construction of the many new homes and schools.
Another major railroad influence was the attraction of an impressive roster of diverse manufacturing enterprises.
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 Elgin Illinois - It's Happening Here!
The town benefited from being along the major east-west route between Galena and Chicago.
A stage coach line ran through Elgin between these two cities and the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was completed through Elgin in 1850.
The coming of the railroad spurred growth and development in the community.
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 Chicago: 1848 Galena & Chicago Union Railroad
The first railroad constructed out of Chicago, the Galena and Chicago Union, was chartered January 16, 1836, to connect Chicago with the lead mines at Galena.
The railroad and the canal were vital in the development of Chicago and the population of the city tripled in the six years after the opening of the canal.
Eventually other railroads were built and Chicago became the largest railroad center in the world.
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 American Experience | Chicago: City of the Century | Timeline
Cyrus McCormick relocates his harvesting machine factory to Chicago, closer to the breadbasket of the nation.
March: Merchants establish the Chicago Board of Trade, allowing livestock and grains to be bought and sold on paper.
William B. Ogden raises $350,000 for the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad and begins laying track.
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 Milton, Illinois History
is a fine, growing village, beautifully situated on the G. and C.U. Railroad, 25 miles west of chicago, and 5 miles east of the Junction of the C.B. and Q. Railroad, the Dixon Air Line Railroad, and the St. Charles Branch road; thus rendering access to the town direct and easy from all points.
The railroad company erected a commodious building in 1856, for their use as a depot for passengers and freight, in connection with which is an express office.
During the same season the railroad company erected a station house, which waS the first frame building put up in the place.
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 Tours of Chicagoland: Six tours of Chicago and suburbs--West Tour   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The first railroad line in Chicago was built west from downtown by the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad Company (known for most of its history as the west line of the Chicago and North Western Railway) beginning in 1848.
It is here, to the west of Chicago, that the juxtaposition of a railroad and prerailroad landscape is seen most easily.
The arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to the construction of the Aurora Roundhouse (W13) on Broadway north of New York Avenue.
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