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2936Re: [thegreatthirdrail] Villa Park.

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  • Lee Wells
    Aug 1, 2013
      The far north of Villa Park was pretty vacant in 1902, and was one or more whistle stops on both railroads. The subdivisions around the CAE were developed around this time, and construction of houses started about the time the roarin Elgin started, although the streets were not paved. A boys school was located just south of the tracks near Villa Ave, and of course the opening of the Ovaltine company in 1913, long before the slick stations at Villa and Ardmore. The Ardmore subdivision was a separate entity for years, and a small downtown grew up around both CAE stations. The Villa Ave station was built In 1926, and there was still almost nothing north of St Charles Road. Of course, by the time the Northwestern became the only game in town, it was too late. Downtowns were fading and malls/strips were growing. 
      Similar retail areas grew up in Elmhurst at York and Spring roads. Going west, by the time you got to Lombard and Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, the tracks ran together. 
      One other factor was the ride. CNW let you off on Madison at the river, while you could get around the loop on CAE after transferring at 52nd street. At some point, CAE took you all the way to Canal or Wells where you could transfer free to the el. 
      Finally, Villa Park never really developed around the CNW. Two, now three major shopping areas: St Charles, Roosevelt and North Avenue. Even if the inter urban was still running, it's likely that the Villa and Ardmore commercial areas would be in decline. 

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      On Aug 1, 2013, at 7:31 PM, "MIKE" <mactach@...> wrote:


      Maybe it's just a coincidence but how did it end up growing around the CA&E and not the C&NW considering that was before the interurban line?

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