Then and Now, Fulton-Wood

1950--Fulton Street @ Wood, view east

1950–Fulton Street @ Wood Street, view east

2015–the same location

Our location is two blocks west of Ashland Avenue.  In 1950 the neighborhood was in transition, with factories replacing many of the old cottages and apartments.  The ‘L’ trains had been running here since 1896 on a circuitous route from downtown to Logan Square.  The tracks from the abandoned Fulton-21st streetcar line had not yet been paved over.

CTA rerouted its trains through the new Milwaukee-Dearborn subway in 1951. Though the ‘L’ structure here was eventually torn down, the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” is still in place just to the north.  Today this stretch of Fulton is all industrial.

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1 Response to “Then and Now, Fulton-Wood”


  1. 1 Garry September 10, 2015 at 8:51 am

    The Bridge to Nowhere is still there because the C&NW Ry bought it from the CTA & used it as a signal gantry.
    I expect that the Union Pacific will get around to replacing it eventually, probably when the A2 Interlocker at Western Ave. is replaced. It’s the last fully manual interlocking plant around from what I’ve read.


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