Date: June 5, 2011
Landmarks Visited: 6
Landmarks To-Date: 305
Landmarks Remaining: 48
On this unseasonably hot Sunday I passed another milestone. I have now seen over 300 landmarks. It made me start thinking about if/ when I see the last landmark. I plan to buy myself a bottle of champagne.
1. Site of the John and Mary Jones House
John and Mary Jones were early civil rights activists. Unfortunately, there is nothing left of their home. I wasn't even able to find a landmark plaque.
2. St. Charles Air Line Bridge
It took a little research to learn why this railroad bridge is called an 'air line' bridge. Apparently it was one of the first movable bridges to utilize air buffered pistons. Its span was also shortened when it was moved to its current position when the underlying portion of the river was straightened.
3. Engine Company 65, Truck 52
This landmark took me to a neighborhood that I had never visited before--Brighton Park.
4. Eighth Regiment Armory
This building was the first armory in the United States built for an African-American military regiment. Today it is a public high school/military academy.
5. Elam House
This house is definitely my favorite landmark of this trip. It's another Chateauesque mansion along one of Chicago's original boulevards. Unfortunately, a 1992 fire destroyed the interior of the building. It has yet to be restored, but the exterior appears to be in excellent condition. From the 1930's through the 70's the house was used as a boarding house for underprivileged women and girls.
6. Chicago Orphan Asylum Building
This building was originally an orphanage. Later it became a community center and was part of the Chicago Black Renaissance of the 30's and 40's. Today it is a Baptist institute.