Garfield Park branch (CTA)
|Garfield Park branch|
|Locale||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Oak Park, Illinois
Forest Park, Illinois
|Opening||June 19, 1895|
|Closed||June 22, 1958|
|Operator(s)||Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1958)
Chicago Rapid Transit Company (1924-1947)
Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad (1895-1924)
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Electrification||Third rail, 600 V DC|
The Garfield Park branch was a rapid transit line which was part of the Chicago 'L' system from 1895 to 1958. The branch served Chicago's Near West Side, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, and Austin neighborhoods, and the suburbs of Oak Park, and Forest Park, and consisted of twenty-two stations at its peak. It opened on June 19, 1895 and closed on June 22, 1958, when it was replaced by the Congress branch.
The Garfield Park branch divided from the Metropolitan Main Line at the Marshfield Junction, just west of the Marshfield station. Initially the line only extended as far west as 48th Avenue (Cicero Avenue). On August 25, 1902, the Garfield Park branch was extended to 52nd Avenue (Laramie Avenue), and on March 11, 1905, service was extended to Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park. On October 1, 1926, the Westchester branch was added, providing service from the Des Plaines Avenue stop to Roosevelt Road in Westchester.
|Ogden||Ogden Avenue and Van Buren Street||Closed September 27, 1953|
|Hoyne||Hoyne Avenue and Van Buren Street||Closed September 27, 1953|
|Western||Western Avenue and Van Buren Street||Closed September 27, 1953|
|California||California Avenue and Van Buren Street||Closed September 27, 1953|
|Sacramento||Sacramento Boulevard and Harrison Street||Closed June 10, 1952 due to a fire in head house|
|Kedzie||Kedzie Avenue and Harrison Street|
|St. Louis||St. Louis Avenue and Harrison Street|
|Garfield Park||Independence Boulevard and Harrison Street||Closed September 20, 1953. Originally called Garfield|
|Pulaski||Pulaski Road and Harrison Street||Originally called Crawford|
|Tripp||Tripp Avenue and Harrison Street||Originally called Medora|
|Kilbourn||Kilbourn Avenue and Harrison Street||Closed September 20, 1953. Originally called West Forty Fifth and later Kral.|
|Cicero||Cicero Avenue and Harrison Street||Originally called West Forty Eighth|
|Laramie||Laramie Avenue and Harrison Street||Originally called 52nd Avenue Terminal|
|Central||Central Avenue and Railroad Avenue||Originally called 56th Avenue|
|Austin||Austin Avenue and Garfield Street||Originally called 60th Avenue|
|Lombard||Lombard Avenue and Harrison Street||Closed September 20, 1953. Originally called 62nd Avenue.|
|Ridgeland||Ridgeland Avenue and Harrison Street||Temporary station during construction of Congress line.|
|Gunderson||Gunderson Avenue and Harrison Street|
|Oak Park||Oak Park Avenue and Harrison Street|
|Home||Home Avenue and Harrison Street||Closed September 20, 1953|
|Harlem||Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street||Originally called 60th Avenue|
|Hannah||Hannah Avenue and Harrison Street||Closed September 14, 1952|
|Des Plaines||711 S. Des Plaines Avenue|
- Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad (1898). The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad (Map). http://www.chicago-l.org/maps/route/maps/1898met-map.jpg. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- Metropolitan Main Line & Garfield Park branch Chicago "L".org. Accessed August 18, 2013
- Chicago Elevated Railways (1913). Chicago Elevated Railroads (Map). http://www.chicago-l.org/maps/route/maps/1913map.jpg. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- Chicago Transit Authority (1957). Chicago Transit Map (Map). http://www.chicago-l.org/maps/route/maps/1957map.jpg. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- Sacramento (3000W/600S) Chicago "L".org. Accessed August 18, 2013