SOUTH SHORE – TAKEN APRIL 1967 – UNKNOWN BOY ALONG OLD RAIL TRACKS GOING TO SOUTH WORKS – NORTH OF 79TH NEAR COLFAX – A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO   Leave a comment

SOUTH SHORE - TAKEN APRIL 1967 - UNKNOWN BOY ALONG OLD RAIL TRACKS GOING TO SOUTH WORKS - NORTH OF 79TH NEAR COLFAX

THE TRACKS SLASHED THROUGH SOUTH SHORE OBLIQUELY, PASSING COLFAX WELL NORTH OF 79TH. THEY MADE A CONVENIENT SHORTCUT FOR WALKING TO SOUTH SHORE HIGH, SOMETHING I DID MANY TIMES.

IN SPRING AND SUMMER, THE LAND AROUND THESE TRACKS WAS LIKE A PATCH OF GENUINE PRAIRIE, THICK WITH WILD FLOWERS, GRASSHOPPERS, AND BUZZING CRITTERS OF EVERY KIND. IT WAS AN ENVIRONMENT I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED.

THE FREIGHT TRAINS  USING THESE TRACKS – THE ELGIN, JOLIET, AND EASTERN RAILROAD (E J & E)  – SERVED THE SOUTH WORKS OF U.S. STEEL AND WERE NOT FREQUENT.
WE ALSO USED THIS LONG STRETCH TO BLAST OFF OUR HOME-MADE ROCKETS BACK IN THE EARLY 1960s. 

AT LEAST AROUND COLFAX, THIS LAND NOW HAS BEEN INFILLED WITH SOME SMALL, NOT-VERY-ATTRACTIVE HOMES. THE TRACKS AND PRAIRIE ARE GONE.

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