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Section 50 - Construction

1-View North of initial construction at East Prairie Rd. - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

2-Initial construction photo showing water filled cut near Custer - 07/17/1924 (NSL Photo)

3-View West from Howard Yard of industry where Skokie Valley route would diverge - 05/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

4-View North from Dempster St of Skokie Valley Division construction. Shows men assembling transmission tower and SB primary messenger sitting on ground - 02/24/1926 (NSL Photo)

5-View North from Dempster St, showing nearly complete Skokie Valley Route - 04/14/1926 (NSL Photo)

6-View East showing workmen working in cut at Ridge Ave - 07/17/1924 (NSL Photo)

7-View West showing steam shovels and men working - 07/17/1924 (NSL Photo)

8-View NW showing concrete footings, and temporary wooden trestle - 07/17/1924 (NSL Photo)

9-View West showing open cut, partially filled with water - 07/17/1924 (NSL Photo)

10-View showing area being excavated, long wooden forms being put together - 10/30/1924 (NSL Photo)

11-View of rough foundation work for station at East Prairie Rd - 10/02/1924 (NSL Photo)

12-View West from SB track, nearly complete E. Prairie Rd station. Note end of 3rd rail - 03/17/1925 (NSL Photo)

13-View West of initial track construction at East Prairie Rd. - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

14-Appears to show construction of track near original tower KO. Ties layed out for SB track. Also shows temporary construction track - No Date (NSL Photo)

15-Coal pile at Station 6 - 07/01/1942 (NSL Photo)

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