25.7.18

HOW WE GOT THERE BEFORE THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY.

The "Looking Back" entry for July 18 featured this view of a Chicago Aurora and DeKalb interurban at Cortland.


Unattributed photograph now in Joiner History Room collection retrieved from DeKalb Midweek.

The view faces east.  The interurban was just south of the Chicago and North Western tracks, and the sub-station with Adams Express office stood, in some other use, until early 1987.

Passenger service was covered by two cars, which would meet at Kaneville.  The passing track was a stub track: the DeKalb-bound car would back in to meet the Elgin-bound car.

The round-up of events of a century ago notes that the DeKalb Municipal Band played to a large audience at Huntley Park.  The band shell is now at Hopkins Park, and on occasion the band plays a medley of popular tunes from the ragtime or Great War Era, and they still play to enthusiastic audiences.

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