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Taylor Rooks appreciation post.

At 23, Taylor is making a name for herself as a talented journalist/host/correspondent on the rise.

And she’s our own Big Ten reppin’, STL and Chicago reppin’, Illinois alumna.


(via Standing on the Air Line | We’re standing on the 16th St bri… | Flickr)

Caption: “We’re standing on the 16th Street bridge on the St Charles Air Line in Chicago. Facing west, we can see the Air Line headed for Union Avenue, the next interlocker on the line. Amtrak trains would make their reverse movement here to get to Union Station. To the right, you can see the switch leading to the original B&O passenger mains and can barely make out the CPL signal governing movement onto the Air Line. Just out of sight is a matching bridge that was used to get to the B&O’s Grand Central Station and yard that still saw some service back in 1980. Behind us is 16th St tower, or Clark Street as we used to call it.”


May 6, 1980

Photo by Bill Johnson


(via 0503-IC 1038 04-10-1999 | Illinois Central SD70 1038 navigat… | Flickr)

Caption: “Illinois Central SD70 1038 navigates the turn from east to south on the St. Charles Air Line near 18th Street in Chicago on April 10, 1999.”

Photo by Art Gross


Chicago Plate 252 by David Harmantas
Via Flickr:
West Town, Chicago. 12 June, 2016.

Need for Costume Interpreters!!

Do you live in Central Illinois or the St. Louis area and do costume interpretation?!

I’m involved in a 19th c. Fashion show to be held August 26th in Springfield, Illinois. We have gaps to fill for Regency and Late Victorian Era.

This is a voluntary event that requires participants to provide their own costume.

If anyone is interested or knows anyone who would like more information please let me know!!


Amtrak - 21st Street Crossing by d.w.davidson
Via Flickr:
Amtrak Train No. 307, the State House heads for St. Louis, while the equipment for Train No. 30, the Capitol Limited takes head room on the main prior to backing into Union Station. The Conrail westbound freight waits patiently on the hill in May 1989.


‘Hiawatha’ makes ready, 1943 by Michael Ryerson
Via Flickr:
January 1943. “Chicago Union Station. Streamliner 'Hiawatha’ ready to depart the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul & Pacific platform on the north side of the station.” Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. Shorpy

Two National Guard soldiers escort a black man around the time of a race riot in East St. Louis. June 6th 1917

“The East St. Louis Riots (also known as the East St. Louis massacres) of May and July 1917 were an outbreak of labor- and race-related violence that caused between 40 and 200 deaths and extensive property damage. The events took place in East St. Louis, Illinois,”


IMG504 by Joseph Petric
Via Flickr:
GM&O #4, “The Limited,” pauses for passengers, engine servicing and a crew change at Bloomington, Illinois, December 1970.