Then and Now, Morse-Wayne

1978–Morse Avenue @ Wayne Avenue, view east

2020–the same location

When I lived in Rogers Park in the mid-’70s, Morse station was where I boarded the ‘L’ for my summer job at Marshall Field’s in the Loop.  Though there were a few exceptions, most of the apartment buildings west of Sheridan Road were three-story walkups from the 1920s.

Today the neighborhood has bigger and taller buildings.  But CTA buses still lay over at Morse and Wayne.  And that intersection still calls to my mind Wayne Morse, a four-term U.S. Senator from Oregon.


2 Responses to “Then and Now, Morse-Wayne”

  1. 1 Garry November 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    John, in the 1970s, the 155 went to Howard & Western. It never went down Morse until the CTA cut the route back. The previous route was Devon, east to Sheridan, west on Prat, north on Ashland to Howard & west on Howard to Western & then south on Western to the turn around shared with the 49B & then back on the exact same route.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt November 13, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      You’re right about the route #155 routing in 1978. However, my original slide notes that the bus in the picture was laying over on route #155, so I suspect it was on a rush-hour short-run. In any case, I’m changing the words in the story. Thanks!

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