Chicago Cable Cars

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-11-06
  • Publisher: History Pr
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When most people hear “cable car” they think “San Francisco.” Yet for almost one-quarter of a century Chicago boasted the largest cable car system the world has ever seen, transporting more than one billion riders. This gigantic public work filled residents with pride—and filled robber barons’ pockets with money. It also sparked a cable car building boom that spread to twenty-six other U.S. cities. But after twenty-five years, the boom went bust, and Chicago abandoned its cable car system. Today, the fascinating story of the rise and fall of Chicago’s cable cars is all but forgotten. Having already written the history of the “L,” Greg Borzo guides readers through a stretch of Chicago’s transit history that most people never knew existed—even though they have been walking past, riding over and even dining in remnants of it for years.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Not to Be Forgottenp. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 13
Introduction: Chicago's Central Role in Cable Car Historyp. 15
How Cable Cars Workp. 27
The Cable Car Experiencep. 43
Before Cable Cars: Horse Powerp. 57
Cable Cars Arrive on the Scenep. 69
Cable Cars on the South Sidep. 75
South Side Car Barn Banditsp. 97
Transit Titan, Cable Car Czarp. 103
Cable Cars on the North Sidep. 121
Cable Cars on the West Sidep. 133
Chicago's Cable Car Mail Servicep. 147
Demise of Chicago's Cable Carsp. 153
Cable Cars Around the Countryp. 167
Chicago's Cable Car Remnantsp. 175
Afterwordp. 185
Bibliographyp. 187
About the Authorp. 191
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