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The History Page of YESTERYEAR

Welcome to Plainfield Today’s History Page a page of old Plainfield and the Chicago Area photos and articles of yesterday. Please send us your old photos and stories plainfieldtodaysales@gmail.com.

 

Photo of Plainfield IL Electric Park

 

ELECTRIC PARK, PLAINFIELD, ILLINOIS 1904-1932

 

Electric Park, Plainfield, IL. (1904-1932)

 

In the late 1890s the Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora interurban Railroad opened an electric line connecting those three communities. In 1904, the Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora opened Electric Park to the public. Conceived primarily to promote travel on the fledgling railroad, Electric Park quickly became a popular vacation spot.Lavish gardens flanking the banks of the DuPage River, as well as athletic grounds, bandstands, dancing pavilions, a 5,000-seat auditorium featuring a large pipe organ, restaurants, a waterslide, bowling alley and passenger paddle boats.The resort attracted vacationers who relaxed in cabins featuring electric, gas, and water service. But the railroad succumbed to financial difficulties in 1923, a victim of the automobile, and Electric Park ultimately closed in 1932.

 

 

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Motorola 1952 TV AD

Motorola was an American multinational telecommunications company founded on September 25, 1928, based in Schaumburg, Illinois

Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs his rival.

Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora
The Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora Railway (JP&A) was incorporated in May 1901 and built the interurban line from Joliet northwest through Plainfield to Aurora.  In November 1905, the Joliet & Southern Traction Company (J&S) was formed by the Fisher Brothers of Joliet (who had ambitious expansion plans) and in 1907 took over the JP&A.  In 1907, the interurban line from Joliet east to Chicago Heights (plans for the extension from Chicago Heights to Hammond, Indiana, never materialized) was constructed.  In February 1922 the J&S was in receivership.  In November 1914 the J&S the divided by a court order sale into two line, with the Joliet & Eastern Traction Company (J&E) taking over the interurban line from Joliet to Chicago Heights, and the Aurora Plainfield & Joliet Railway(AP&J) taking over the interurban line from Joliet to Aurora.  The J&E was in receivership in January 1922 because of the automobile and concrete highways, with abandonment on April 15, 1922. The AP&J became the Aurora Plainfield & Joliet Railroad on September 1, 1920, and all service was abandoned on August 31, 1924 because of automobile and concrete highway competition (the local Joliet line continued to operated for a few months longer).  Both interurban lines were one of the first interurban systems in Illinois to abandon rail service.    #12 in a builders photoCaption data from Stephen M. ScalzoBill Volkmer collection

 





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