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
Erected by Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway! (here, next to this marker); Village of Plainfield (here, next to this marker); Great American Crossroads in Illinois (here, next to this marker); E J & E Depot No. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Boxcars (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caboose (about 300 feet away); The Development of Downtown Plainfield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Downtown Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plainfield.
Also see . . .
1. Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora Railway. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Interurban Railways Outside Chicago. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Drive the Historic Lincoln Highway (Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition). (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.