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The photos in this section are from a subdirectory titled "Skokie Valley". These photos may or may not be from there, but in order to keep track of where we can find the photos in the future if need be, we have kept that title for this section.

The photo captions are taken from information written on the slides/photos and/or from research and are enhanced by a spreadsheet that contain additional information, provided via Joe Stupar. The numbers preceding the captions are simply inventory numbers and can be ignored.

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NSL Skokie Valley Photos - Part 4a

1-Extra wide image looking North from the site of the Kostner Station, then called Schreiber Rd - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

2-Extra wide image looking North from the site of the Kostner Station, then called Schreiber Rd, appears to be duplicate of previous photo (#1) - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

3-View East from Schreiber Rd of future site of Kostner station, field with sign Site of "L" Station - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

4-View West from Schreiber Rd of future right of way West of Kostner station - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

5-View NE of foundation forms being constructed for Kostner station. Note: no tracks or wire visible - 10/02/1924 (NSL Photo)

6-View NE of foundation forms for station and platform at Kostner. Single track roughly laid on South side. - 10/09/1924 (NSL Photo)

7-View West across Schreiber (Kostner) showing newly installed grade crossing and single track west - 10/09/1924 (NSL Photo)

8-View NE of Kostner station, forms removed, concrete in, construction beginning - 10/16/1924 (NSL Photo)

9-View West from Schreiber (Kostner) showing both tracks installed - 10/16/1924 (NSL Photo)

10-Closer view of construction on Kostner station, looking NE - 10/23/1924 (NSL Photo)

11-Close view NE of construction progress of Kostner station, bottom of wall brick work started - 10/30/1924 (NSL Photo)

12-Close view NE of Kostner station, 2 brick walls mostly up, pillars on station platform - 11/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

13-Close view NE of Kostner station, brick mostly done, station house roof framing, platform roof framing done - 11/13/1924 (NSL Photo)

14-Close view NE of Kostner (Schreiber) station, roof framing done, station looks pretty done - 11/20/1924 (NSL Photo)

15-Close view NE of Kostner (Schreiber) station, mostly done - 11/27/1924 (NSL Photo)

16-Close view NE of Kostner (Schreiber) station, windows installed, door boarded up - 12/04/1924 (NSL Photo)

17-Close view NE of Kostner station, workman on roof - 12/11/1924 (NSL Photo)

18-Close view NE of Kostner station, all windows and doors installed, tile on roof done - 12/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

19-Close view NW of Kostner (Schreiber) station, appears ready to use. Wire installed over tracks - 02/13/1925 (NSL Photo)

20-Close view NE of Kostner (Schreiber) station, appears ready to open. Everything installed, flags hung over both ends of station - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

21-Final interior photo of Kostner (Schreiber) station, view West, showing entrance to station house and ticket booth - 04/23/1925 (NSL Photo)

22-Final exterior photo looking west of Kostner (Schreiber) station from station house steps, showing walkway, grade crossing, cattle guards, and catenary - 04/23/1925 (NSL Photo)

23-View North on Kenneth from Mulford, next street West of Kostner, showing new house construction - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

24-View NW towards corner, Kenneth on right, Mulford on left, just West of Kostner. New home construction in neighborhood - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

25-View East on Oakton st from near site of future Oakton station - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

26-View South from Oakton St towards future right of way - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

27-View North from Oakton St towards future right of way - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

28-View South from Oakton St of track being constructed northward - 10/16/1624 (NSL Photo)

29-View North from Oakton St of grade crossing and track being constructed north - 10/16/1924 (NSL Photo)

30-View South of curves being aligned south of Oakton St - 10/23/1924 (NSL Photo)

31-View North of both tracks continuing North from Oakton St. and future site of station - 10/23/1924 (NSL Photo)

32-View NE of concrete footings going in for Oakton station, catenary towers visible in distance but no wire - 01/17/1925 (NSL Photo)

33-View NE of station work at Oakton, concrete being poured in tents. Catenary tower up with signal cable but no catenary - 01/23/1925 (NSL Photo)

34-View of track and catenary towers North of Oakton St. Signal cable installed, NB primary messenger is hanging from towers but dropping to track level. - 01/27/1925 (NSL Photo)

35-View SE of track and catenary towers South around Oakton Curve, signal cable is up but primary messenger on both tracks is hanging down to track level - 01/27/1925 (NSL Photo)

36-View NE of station construction at Oakton, brick work appears mostly done, roof is being framed - 01/30/1925 (NSL Photo)

37-View North of station construction at Oakton, roof work continues, windows being painted - 02/06/1925 (NSL Photo)

38-View of station constuction at Oakton, scaffolding on stairs - 02/13/1925 (NSL Photo)

39-View NE of station construction at Oakton, building mostly done - 02/20/1925 (NSL Photo)

40-View NE of station construction at Oakton, appears mostly complete - 02/27/1925 (NSL Photo)

41-View SE around curve, South of Oakton St with overhead wire up - 02/27/1925 (NSL Photo)

42-Mostly complete construction view, looking NE, of Oakton St Station - 03/03/1925 (NSL Photo)

43-Complete view NE of Oakton St Station with flags and banners on entrance - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

44-Complete interior view of Oakton St Station, with ticket booth and lunch counter - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

45-Final construction photo looking SE around Oakton St curve with complete catenary - 04/23/1925 (NSL Photo)

46-Appears to be NE down future Skokie Highway East of station. Scully Storage building in distance still exists 2011. - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

47-Later view West down Oakton St, showing rapid transit station and gates, C&NW crossing, and C&NW Niles Center depot - 12/03/1931 (NSL Photo)

48-View East down Oakton St, showing rapid transit crossing, C&NW interchange in foreground. - 12/15/1931 (NSL Photo)

49-View North down future right of way towards Main St - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

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