Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (6-d) – 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

My Uncle Ced, Lad’s younger brother, was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, and stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. Post number 6 is taken from a booklet, “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and it includes comments written by Ced on every page. This is the last post in the series.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Night Scene) (2)

NIGHT SCENE

This is a typical night view and I think the grounds are far prettier at night than in the daytime.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Adler Planetarium) (2)

ADLER PLANETARIUM

This is an extremely interesting show and as one watches he is moved to Florida South America, North pole, and anywhere the operator takes a notion to take you. He can project you into the future or into the past at his will.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Agricultural Building) (2)

AGRICULTURAL BUILDING

I’m not sure if I went in here or not. (That speaks for itself.)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Railroad that Grew Up With Chicago) (2) 1st page

THE RAILROAD THAT GREW UP

WITH CHICAGO

It is particularly fitting that the North Western Line should join with Chicago in celebrating A Century of Progress. We, too, have our traditions. Our original charter dates back nearly a century. This, you know, was the very first railway to venture beyond Chicago into the hazardous West.

We have seen Chicago grow from a river-bank settlement to a mighty metropolis. And we, too, have grown. From a small second-hand engine and a few miles of strap rails, the North Western has developed into a powerful system that, with its connections embraces all of the West and Northwest.

THE PIONEER

The first locomotive that ever ventured west of Chicago. It had but one pair of “driving wheels”, 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Now a treasured relic. Be sure to see it at the North Western exhibit in the Travel and Transport building.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Railroad that Grew Up With Chicago) (2) 2nd page

Our record, through the century, has been one of consistent Progress. North Western was the first Western Railway to operate trains by telegraph, and to operate sleeping cars.

North Western built the first railway postal car, in 1864, and operated the first dining-car service between Chicago and San Francisco. Ours was the first double track railway between Chicago and the Missouri River.

North Western was the first railway in the United States to organize a Safety First department, and to make extensive use of Automatic Train Control, expending more than $3 million for this purpose.

MODEL “H” LOCOMOTIVE

Mighty Mobile of the Rails. See this new modern locomotive in contrast to the puffing little Pioneer, when you visit North Western Park immediately south of the Travel and Transport building at A Century of Progress. It’s a graphic example of transportation progress.

A FLEET OF FINE, FAST TRAINS

SAN FRANCISCO OVERLAND LIMITED

LOS ANGELES LIMITED

THE PORTLAND ROSE

PACIFIC LIMITED

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD        THE COLUMBINE

NORTH WESTERN LIMITED

THE VICTORY

CORN KING LIMITED

DULUTH-SUPERIOR LIMITED

THE VIKING

SOO-DOMINION

ROCHESTER-MINNESOTA SPECIAL

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Direct Route to All Points in the West and Northwest) (2)

THE DIRECT ROUTE TO ALL POINTS

IN THE WEST AND NORTHWEST

Glance at the map above. Trace the course of the North Western Line. See how completely it dominates a great area. But it takes more than rails to make a powerful railway dominion.

We have invested multiplied millions in equipment to ably aid the people of this region, who have come to look upon the familiar North Western insignia as a symbol of progressive and dependable service.

For travel information apply to any ticket agent or address

R. THOMSON

Passenger Traffic Manager

400 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.

CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN LINE

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Chicago and North Western Line) (2)

 

Ced described seeing Buckingham Fountain and I just read a reference to it in a recent book, so I went searching. Here’s a link to Wikipedia to find out more about it. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckingham_Fountain

The Adler Planetarium still exists and here is a link in Wikipedia to find out more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adler_Planetarium

If you enjoyed this information about the Chicago World’s Fair of 1934, why not share it with a friend?

Tomorrow I’ll return to my regular schedule with a week of letters written in 1941. The War is heating up in Europe and the boys are concerned about their position in the draft. 

Judy Guion

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3 thoughts on “Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (6-d) – 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

  1. GP Cox says:

    Happy New Year, Judy! We made it for another year….

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