The last eighteen gas streetlights in Chicago were lit on June 4, 1954, on the east side, on Escanaba Avenue between 95th and 99th, to be precise. As recently as the 1940s, there were thousands of gas street lights in Chicago. Where gas lines were unavailable, gasoline street lights with a small reservoir inside the light. What could go wrong?
|The map indicates street lighting conditions in 1947 Chicago.|
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
That must have been a amazing time. Wish I could have been around to see it.ReplyDelete
When I was a little girl, I lived in Morgan Park so. Of Chicago. There was still Alamo lighter coming around our neighborhood in the thirties and fortiesReplyDelete
I remember seeing gas street lights in Chicago in the 1950s. South of 119th street. East of Vincennes.ReplyDelete
Arlington Hts had a few newly installed gas lights in the 1960s and 70s.