Incorporated in 1845, aurora introduced the states first free public school a decade later and a high school for girls in 1855, according to the aurora historical societys web site. By mid1891 henry cain began designing a new line of railroad style movements. Incorporated in 1902 as illinois valley traction co. Railroads, the pioneers building americas transportation backbone, and more. In 1870 the railroad was built to go across the big slough, from paris to decatur, illinois and in 1872 the building of arthur began in earnest. The chicago and aurora railroad was an early predecessor of the chicago, burlington and quincy railroad that built a line from west chicago to mendota via aurora, illinois. The chicago, aurora and elgin railroad was once a firstclass operation which. As a crossroads state, as well as incorporating the city of chicago, a terminus of industry going back to the 19th century, illinois was a crucial link in the railroad. Ambrose was a pop history writer who wrote for the masses. Search the worlds most comprehensive index of fulltext books.
Start with the checkered history of railroad regulation. Name changed to chicago and aurora railroad company. The aurora municipal airport is a general aviation airport in sugar grove, illinois, just outside aurora. Carmel cemetery in hillside and owned a branch line to westchester. The history of aurora, illinois is one of diversity.
Within the atlases are 191,165 historical maps, illustrations, and histories many of which contain family names ideal for genealogical research. The forest now known as big woods, the indian village, and the whole of the land now occupied by the city of aurora, was set apart by. In 1848, he gave the property right to his nephew joseph stolp. Perhaps the countrys first successful highspeed interurban, this railroad became an important link in the commuter network around chicago. Aurora branch railroad, by the state of illinois in. The railroad also hauled pipe from valdez and seward to fairbanks, where it was then trucked to the north slope. This book covers samuel insulls role, the wells terminal, shared trackage with the l, forest park, westchester and mt. Most historical maps of illinois were published in atlases and spans over 225 years of growth for the state.
The illinois general assembly chartered the aurora branch railroad on. Aurora secured chartering rights through the illinois state legislature for the aurora branch railroad abrr on february 12, 1849. Others are rare antique maps, part of the collection by an exclusive arrangement with the. The railroad actually used a tunnel, called the winston tunnel, to traverse near the lines west end. In response to governor pritzkers stayathome order, the aurora public library will remain closed until further notice. Aurora was served by a number of interurban lines, the most prominent of which was the chicago aurora and elgin railroad which provided service into chicago. The star line would have a third station at ferry rd.
Old historical city, county and state maps of illinios. To celebrate its centennial in 1955, the chicago, burlington and quincy railroad hired newberry president and librarian stanley pargellis and newspaperman and historian lloyd lewis to edit a book documenting the social and economic impact of the railroad. In the ongoing effort to provide guidance, support, relief and preventative compliance during the constantlyevolving covid19 crisis, mayor richard c. Others are rare antique maps, part of the collection by an exclusive arrangement with the osher map library. The illinois general assembly chartered the aurora branch railroad on february 12, 1849 to build a branch of the galena and chicago union railroad to aurora, which it opened on september 2, 1850. In 1901, the aurora, elgin and chicago railway company, later renamed. Aurora, il 60506 ez book recycle incmontgomery 625 s railroad st, montgomery, il 60538 sell back your book 625 s railroad st, montgomery, il 60538 lovers playground 0 route 30, aurora, il 60503 kingsway bible bookstore 2480 wolf rd, oswego, il 60543. The alaska railroad supports construction of the transalaska pipeline by receiving shipped pipe and storing it on railroad land in valdez, seward and fairbanks. Simeon school with my brothers or friends, i had to cross the chicago aurora and elgin and chicago great western railroad tracks at. Trains magazine offers railroad news, railroad industry insight, commentary on todays freight railroads, passenger service amtrak, locomotive technology, railroad preservation and history, railfan opportunities tourist railroads, fan trips, and great railroad photography.
History of the illinois central railroad, by john f. History of the illinois central railroad railroads of. Find best sellers about civil war, american legends, breweries and wineries, and more. The railroad workforce increased to more than 1,000 between 1970 and 1975. Illinois was a crucial link in the railroad industry.
Charles, il experience hightech history at april 21 open elgin event. In continuous operation since 1906, the aurora historical society is one of the oldest institutions in the chicagoland area. Amish settlers arrived in 1865 and the arthur area is now home to the largest amish settlement in illinois. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Batavia, il windmill capital of the world meet andy aurora.
Bnsf railway march 2020 history bnsfs history dates back 170 years to 1849, when the 12mile aurora branch railroad was founded in illinois. My earliest memories of the chicago westchester and western railroad came in 1956, some 5 years after the railroad ceased to exist. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the great railroad revolution. Centennial biographical and historical record of aurora for one hundred years, 18341937. This 575 page tome covers the history of the illinois central railroad from its founding to the merger with gulf mobile and ohio to form the illinois central gulf railroad. Auroras mabel odonnell, author of alice and jerry books as alice. Over the next several decades, many additional rail lines were built and eventually became part of what is todays bnsf railway. Browse maps, pictures and histories of abandoned railroad lines in the state of illinois. West of stockton, il, the line traversed some of the most rugged terrain in illinois, which isnt saying much, but the topography of jo daviess county, il is quite hilly. Living history of illinois the digital research library. Im sorry to disagree so strongly but the is nothing like it in the world is not an accurate book. During its brief tenure of only 17 years, the aurora dekalb line used all threesteam, internal combustion and electric trolley motive power.
Since the 1820s railroads were proving themselves as the revolutionary vehicle for a prosperous economic future, able to move freight and people at unprecedented speeds. Daily life along the chicago burlington and quincy. The story of the chicago aurora and elgin railroad 2. The first people that lived along the fox river were about 500 potawatomi indians. The hpc meets on the second tuesday of each month at 6. This state page of our website provides direct links to free illinois genealogy databases and historical titles and information found on illinois genealogy, whether they exist on our site, or across the web. Europe, southern blacks, and mexicans all came to provide their talents to the massive railroad industry and. The history of trains in america kindle edition by wolmar, christian. Some illinois maps years have cities, railroads, p.
The burlington zephyr train occupies a unique place in railroad history. The state of illinois collection contains 3,149 atlases spanning 311 years of growth and development 1696 through 2007. Aurora machinery was moved to the hamilton factory in lancaster, pa late in the fall of 1892. With a population of 197,899 according to the 2010 census, the city has steadily grown throughout the years to become the second largest city in the state. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is. As one of chicagos largest and oldest suburbs, aurora s history denotes some of the most progressive moments in chicagoarea history and illinois history, to boot. Irvin has enacted a number of additional measures for the city of aurora. This historical illinois map collection are from original copies. For an in depth look into our history, please visit our historic preservation section. All images are courtesy of the aurora historical society. The modest camp of 1834 has grown into a teeming city. Looking for a good book about the transcontinental railroad.
Elsewhere, we look at photographer jack delanos trip west on the santa fe railway. Come tour the 1857 tanner house, visit our changing exhibits at the david l. Carmel, cook county, wheaton, aurora, batavia, elgin, and geneva. One of the most valuable collections held by the illinois state library is a collection of railroad maps showing the development of the states rail system starting in 1854 and. The story of the chicago, aurora and elgin railroad, vol. I had no idea of its history or ownership, but each day as i walked to st.
Illinois historical maps and atlases historic map works. The chicago aurora and elgin railroad, known colloquially as the roarin elgin or the great third rail, was an interurban railroad that operated passenger and freight service on its line between chicago and aurora, batavia, geneva, st. I have read it but i have also read several articles in prototype rr magazines buy respected rr historians claiming it is wrong in many areas and continues false history as if it were fact. Train accident south of montgomery killed many in 1943. Centennial biographical and historical record of aurora. Stover, railroads of america series, macmillan, new york, 1975. A pictorial history of dearborn county, in from 19401945 that draws upon the resources of the aurora and lawrenceburg newspapers of 19401945, the dearborn county recorders office and oral account of veterans and families of veterans, as well as the dday museum in new orleans, the air force museum at wrightpatterson field, and the patton tank museum at fort knox. Train accident south of montgomery killed many in 1943 several lost their lives in the 1943 inferno that resulted when a freight train rammed into the little orangered train called the dinky by. Along with the oxford companion to british railway history, this is the railway reference book i most often turn to. By kind permission of harvard university press, we present a chapter from robert gallamores new book, american railroads. The first two were stopgap measures while it gathered resources to electrify. Dearborn county historical society dearborn county.
Aurora by jim and wynette edwards arcadia publishing books. With such deep pockets, engineers set about designing a corridor that arguably even surpassed that of the surrounding standard railroads. Pierce art and history center or make an appointment to do research at our history. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that.889 362 1077 938 1473 257 805 1613 1144 469 1131 557 1079 512 1343 230 678 334 1172 517 610 1391 1587 1031 1524 1026 390 96 644 1364 1219 379