Re: Livestock through Chicago


Yes, I think it was possible that stock traffic went east from the Chicago area. The Michigan Central (NYC)/IHB had a large stock yard in Calumet City, Illinois. Calumet City is just south and east of Chicago. It was on the north side of what’s known as State St. from Calumet Park interlocking on the west to just east of Burnham Ave. Photos of the yard and environs are in the Barriger and Delano collections and show many C.B.&Q. stock cars being unloaded at the yard for rest. The Q cars could have come via the IHB from Congress Park. Delano also shot a interesting photo of dairy cows being unloaded from a fancy horse car at the stock yard. The late Edward DeRouin’s book “The Pennsy in Chicago”makes note of east-ward livestock traffic on a photo caption on page 226. Regards...Jerry Albin, Homer Glen, Illinois

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