Join the Historical Society at their Annual Meeting and Presentation of “When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path”

Come and “take a ride on the Great Third Rail,” as noted historian Steve Hyett presents his multi-projector slide show about the electric interurban railroad affectionately known at the “Roarin’ Elgin,” during the Warrenville Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00pm.

The Chicago Aurora & Elgin railroad ran from Wells Street station on the Loop elevated structure in downtown Chicago, through the western suburbs to Wheaton, where the line split in two and ran to Elgin and through Warrenville to Aurora.

The electric rail line began running in 1902 on streetcar tracks in downtown Aurora and Elgin, and then on its own private right-of-way on what is now known as The Prairie Path. That’s the same Prairie Path that runs through Warrenville today. Warrenville was a major stop on the line. The “Third Rail” died in 1957 with the opening of the Eisenhower Expressway.

Warrenville CA&E Railroad station

It was a great ride while it lasted, and Hyett will rekindle those memories as he brings alive that era in his entertaining program.

Space is limited. Please contact the Historical Society at 630.393.4215 or info@warrenvillehistorical.org to make your reservation. All Historical Society members as well as the general public are invited to attend.

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