Abandoned: On US 24 in El Paso, Illinois, it’s impossible to miss this grand dame of the Italianate style, sitting in between the highway and the railroad tracks. While originally a lavish single family house, it was later converted into a motel and restaurant. The Elms Restaurant in El Paso, Illinois, built in 1858. We can only hope someone will buy it before it deteriorates any more: http://stlouispatina.com/the-elms-restaurant-el-paso-illinois/
November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Jacking up a car on the repair tracks at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Someone get the spare out of the trunk? Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.
1862–1869: The Transcontinental Railroad It was a race. Which company could lay the most railroad track? Would it be the Central Pacific, working east from Sacramento, California? Or the Union Pacific, working west from Omaha, Nebraska? The lure of work brought 12,000 Chinese immigrants to the Central Pacific line. | Immigration Throughout History | Kids Discover