Here a turn is made east along the north fence. Upon reaching the Iowa Building, a curving course, among some other State structures, carries the tracks between the French Building and the East Annex to the Art Gallery, through the Foreign Buildings, and past the Fisheries Building. Its terminus here is at the United States Government Building, where it makes a loop over the lagoon's waters and turns back on its course to retrace its way on the other track to the starting point.
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Chicago's elevated tracks were the right choice, as subways were too expensive to consider. The first 'L' train (then Chicago and South Side Rapid Transit Railroad) was built in 1892, and its inaugural journey took place on June 6, 1892, spanning 3.6 miles in 14 minutes. Until then, the 'L' was just an ordinary steam-powered train on raised tracks.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.