Interurban Transportation

Interurban Transportation (HM1RUZ)

Location: Plainfield, IL 60544 Will County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 36.493', W 88° 12.713'

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Illinois Lincoln Highway

Prior to the onset of paved roads like the Lincoln Highway public transportation in the form of an electric passenger railroad known as interurban enjoyed widespread popularity. These light rail lines were mainly electrified operating with technology somewhere between that of a streetcar line and a full-scale railroad, utilizing simply strung overhead wire, or on heavily trafficked high speed lines. Systems often ran on extensions of existing streetcar lines between connecting cities. By 1910, there was a very large network of small interurban lines especially in Chicago and suburban areas of the Lincoln Highway. Interurban carried commuters from the suburbs to city jobs as well as nearby weekend getaways.
With the onset of paved highways and steady increase in automobile ownership, traveling by car became a way of life allowing travelers' independence from this form of public transportation. Insufficient passengers, decreased revenue and dwindling track space caused the interurban rail system's decline, giving way to the automobile.
Image [showing Lockport Street through downtown Plainfield] provided by Debra Olsen
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Series This marker is part of the Lincoln Highway series
Placed ByIllinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 399020 N 4606987
Decimal Degrees41.60821667, -88.21188333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 36.493', W 88° 12.713'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 36' 29.58" N, 88° 12' 42.78" W
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Area Code(s)815, 630, 312
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000 IL-126, Plainfield IL 60544, US
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