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These photos are available thanks to the Strahorn Library and Museum Volunteer Joe Stupar's time spent scanning them.

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 4b

50-View East down Main St from future grade crossing. Note North Western Extension Realty Co. office selling land on Main St. - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

51-View South from Main St showing single track being installed. Also visible CNW right of way and Banjo signal - 10/23/1924 (NSL Photo)

52-View North of station construction at Main St showing forms for concrete, cement mixer, and sluce for water coming across tracks - 10/23/1924 (NSL Photo)

53-Closer view NE of station construction at Main St. showing foundations and water sluce across tracks - 10/30/1924 (NSL Photo)

54-Men working on forms during construction of Main St. Station, looking NE - 11/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

55-Construction continues on Main St Station, brick work about half done, columns on platform being constructed, looking North - 11/13/1924 (NSL Photo)

56-Construction on Main St Station, roof rafters going in, white columns constructed, looking NE - 11/20/1924 (NSL Photo)

57-Construction on Main St Station, roof tiles being installed, looking NE - 12/04/1924 (NSL Photo)

58-Construction on Main St Station, roof work continues, work on eves, looking NE - 12/11/1924 (NSL Photo)

59-Construction on Main St Station, roof mostly complete, windows/doors installed, lights installed - 01/23/1925 (NSL Photo)

60-Pretty empty interior of Main St Station - 02/06/1925 (NSL Photo)

61-Final photo view South from Main St showing track and catenary - 04/23/1925 (NSL Photo)

62-View NE across C&NW and rapid transit lines, showing grade crossing and Main St Station, as well as apartments in background - 02/21/1930 (NSL Photo)

63-View SE from Main St station across Main St showing vacant land and apartments in distance - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

64-View NE from on Main St platform showing apartment buildings on Elm St. - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

65-View South towards Main St across Niles Center Rd showing catenary tower with feeder taps and high tension leads to substation - 04/20/1925 (NSL Photo)

66-View North of track to CRT terminal Dempster St before installation of NSL tracks - 05/19/1925 (NSL Photo)

67-View East down Dempster St from future site of terminal - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

68-View South from future site of Dempster St station, with "Terminal" sign and view of C&NW - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

69-View West down Dempster St showing C&NW grade crossing and Geo F. Nixon realty office - 09/26/1924 (NSL Photo)

70-View South of concrete foundation for Dempster St Station - 10/30/1924 (NSL Photo)

71-View SE of construction on Dempster St Station, showing brick work being laid on foundation - 11/06/1924 (NSL Photo)

72-Construction on Dempster St Station, brick work is moving up, windows and doors filled with framing, looking SE - 11/12/1924 (NSL Photo)

73-Construction on Dempster St Station, brick work is nearly to top of windows, columns in front nearly done, looking SE - 11/20/1924 (NSL Photo)

74-Construction on Dempster St Station, framing of timbers for roof supports going in - 11/27/1924 (NSL Photo)

75-Construction on Dempster St Station, roof framing and sheathing, looking SE - 12/04/1924 (NSL Photo)

76-Construction on Dempster St Station, scaffolding surrounds building for work on windows / eves, Looking SE - 12/11/1924 (NSL Photo)

77-Interior shot of Dempster St station during construction with debris and workmen - 02/27/1925 (NSL Photo)

78-Interior shot of Dempster St station after most construction done, but room vacant - 03/03/1925 (NSL Photo)

79-View SE of construction, Dempster St station, station appears mostly complete and catenary has reached CRT terminal tracks, ground not prepared for NSL tracks - 03/03/1925 (NSL Photo)

80-View South towards CRT lead tracks from CRT platform - 03/17/1925 (NSL Photo)

81-Interior view South, Dempster St Station, showing ticket booth, benches, and lunch counter - 04/13/1925 (NSL Photo)

82-View SW of Dempster St Station, likely near completion with grading complete and people outside building - 04/13/1925 (NSL Photo)

83-View North from Dempster St station, across Dempster St, of future NSL - 04/20/1925 (NSL Photo)

84-Final view South from Dempster St station of CRT approach tracks, NSL yet to be built - 04/20/1925 (NSL Photo)

85-View East down Dempster St showing C&NW crossing, Dempster St station, and several real estate offices - 05/19/1925 (NSL Photo)

86-View West on Dempster Street from Terminal - 05/19/1925 (NSL Photo)

87-View NW of Dempster St tower, with locomotive partially in view. Tower appears to be armstrong plant - 02/24/1926 (NSL Photo)

88-View North of single track NSL splitting off from CRT terminal leads, south of the Dempster Street Station - 11/04/1925 (NSL Photo)

89-View SE of official opening of service at Dempster St, with people crowded on area for future NSL tracks, and train lead by 1808 on West terminal track - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

90-Official Opening of the Dempster Street Station, View North between CRT terminal tracks towards terminal - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

91-Official Opening of the Dempster Street Station, View NE from West side showing train in terminal, people gathered, and Dempster St station. Also shows NB C&NW train. - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

92-View SE of large crowd in front of Dempster St station, and banners on Dempster St. Grand opening Saturday, March 28th at 2:45PM - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

93-Official Opening of the Dempster Street Station, View SE close in on Dempster St station showing large crowd in front of station, and on future NSL right of way - 03/28/1925 (NSL Photo)

94-View South from Dempster St showing station and NSL tracks installed. Primary messenger pulled on SB track, but drooping to track level - 02/24/1926 (NSL Photo)

95-View South from Dempster St showing nearly complete NSL platforms and station - 04/14/1926 (NSL Photo)

96-View South from Dempster St of dump gon training filling in for SB NSL platforms. Also interesting sign for NSL motor coaches - 04/07/1926 (NSL Photo)

97-Appears to be view East down Dempster St. from near station - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

98-Appears to be view NE of apartment buildings and vacant land, likely from near station - 06/30/1930 (NSL Photo)

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