Then and Now, 119th-Sangamon

1954--119th Street @ Sangamon, view east

1954–119th Street @ Sangamon Street, view east

2014--the same location

2015–the same location

Our location is a few blocks west of Halsted Street.  In 1954 this part of the West Pullman community was home to many small factories.  The Broadway-State streetcar line—CTA’s longest—had its southern terminal here.  A ribbon commercial strip is evident along 119th Street.

Today many of the factories are gone.  There are fewer businesses on 119th Street.  CTA service continues along the street, though the buses now go only as far north as the Red Line station at 95th-State.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, 119th-Sangamon”


  1. 1 Susan Serafin June 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for this peek at “my” history. I grew up at 111th & Halsted. My father grew up at 119th & Eggleston, and worked at Chicago Malleable Castings. My mother grew up at 120th & Bishop; her father and brothers worked at Harvester & Ingersoll, surprisingly, none worked at the Forge (Great Lakes Forge). But it was great fun to drive home from my grandparents’ house at night and see the sparks fly from the Forge’s hammers!

    Your picture is just a bit before my time, but brings back a lot of memories.


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