Video at State & Madison in 1897

Action at Chicago's Ground Zero in 1897

State and Madison is the center point of Chicago, it’s Ground Zero for the city’s grid system. Everything moves either north and south or east and west from that point and addresses increase by 100 for every block you move away from this point. As it’s in the middle of the Loop, you can imagine the amount of action and traffic that takes place here on a daily basis. It was no different back in 1897 when an Edison employee shot this video of the hustle and bustle that included foot traffic, horses and a streetcar. It’s been slowed down, so try to picture just how fast paced the activity actually was back then. Thanks to Calumet412.com for the video and also the photos above, which show other moments at or near the intersection.

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