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.
This is a typical night view and I think the grounds are far prettier at night than in the daytime.
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.
I’m not sure if I went in here or not. (That speaks for itself.)
THE RAILROAD THAT GREW UP
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 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.
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
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD THE COLUMBINE
NORTH WESTERN LIMITED
CORN KING LIMITED
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
Passenger Traffic Manager
400 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.
CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN LINE
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.
The Adler Planetarium still exists and here is a link in Wikipedia to find out more.
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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.