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Chicago Cable Cars
     

Chicago Cable Cars

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by Greg Borzo
 

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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

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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. . ."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609493271
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
721,863
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Chicago native Greg Borzo's published works include articles in Modern Railroad Magazine, Traffic World, The Business World, and Momentum Magazine. His books include The Windies' City, The Chicago L"? and Where to Bike Chicago. Borzo writes independently, speaks publicly and conducts tours about the "L, "? bicycles and cable cars. Editor and Co-founder of Forgotten Chicago"

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Chicago Cable Cars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dave47 More than 1 year ago
Born and raised in Chicago.  Did I know there was a cable car system in the city?  Nope.  I know now and it was one of the largest. How the system was developed, operated and eventually gave way to the trolley system is well covered.  Interesting story about  Charles Yerkes, the business leader behind the transit systems. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of Chicago's cable car system.