Humboldt Park branch (CTA)

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Humboldt Park branch
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Chicago 'L'
Status Closed
Locale Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Termini Western
Lawndale
Stations 6
Operation
Opening July 29, 1895
Closed May 4, 1952
Operator(s) Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1952)
Chicago Rapid Transit Company (1924-1947)
Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad (1895-1924)
Character Elevated
Technical
Line length 2.09 mi (3.36 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Third rail, 600 V DC
Route map

The Humboldt Park branch was a rapid transit line which was part of the Chicago 'L' system from 1895 to 1952. The branch served the West Town and the Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago and consisted of six elevated stations. It opened on July 29, 1895, and closed on May 4, 1952.

Operations[edit]

The Humboldt Park branch was a 2.09-mile (3.36 km) elevated line which served six stations. The branch separated from the Northwest branch northwest of the Damen station (originally called Robey), and ended at the Lawndale terminus.[1] It ran immediately north of North Avenue between Hoyne Avenue and Lawndale Avenue.[2]

History[edit]

The Humboldt Park branch had initially been intended to run to Harlem Avenue, a length of 6.5-mile (10.5 km), although this never came to be and the Lawndale Station remained the branch's terminus for the duration of the branch's existence.[3] The Humboldt Park branch initially had only five stops,[2] until 1902 when a sixth stop opened at Humboldt Park Boulevard.[4] Service on the Humboldt Park branch ended on May 4, 1952.[3]

Station listing[edit]

Humboldt Park branch stations[1][2]
Station Location
Western Western Avenue and North Avenue
California California Avenue and North Avenue
Humboldt Park Humboldt Blvd. and North Avenue
Kedzie Kedzie Avenue and North Avenue
St. Louis (originally Ballou) St. Louis Avenue and North Avenue
Lawndale Lawndale Avenue and North Avenue

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chicago Rapid Transit Company (1926). Map of Chicago Rapid Transit Company (Map). http://www.chicago-l.org/maps/route/maps/1926map.jpg. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad. 1898. Accessed August 16, 2013
  3. ^ a b Humboldt Park branch Chicago "L".org. Accessed August 16, 2013
  4. ^ Humboldt Park (3000W/1600N) Chicago "L".org. Accessed August 16, 2013