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LOOKING BACK: The road to ruin for the

MIRANDO HACIA ATRÃS: El camino a la ruina para el

By Jack Klasey

While laying the tracks for its interurban line in 1906, the Chicago & Southern Traction Company encountered few obstacles; it was mostly built on flat prairie country, with only one medium-sized stream (the south branch of Rock Creek, just outside Manteno) to be bridged.

But from the day the first electric passenger car pulled out of Kankakee in late 1907, the line’s management was forced to deal, again and again, with one major obstacle: money. In 1910, for example, expenses exceeded revenue by $75,000. Losses continued, and the company was forced into receivership on Oct. 11, 1911.

By Jack Klasey

While laying the tracks for its interurban line in 1906, the Chicago & Southern Traction Company encountered few obstacles; it was mostly built on flat prairie country, with only one medium-sized stream (the south branch of Rock Creek, just outside Manteno) to be bridged.

But from the day the first electric passenger car pulled out of Kankakee in late 1907, the line’s management was forced to deal, again and again, with one major obstacle: money. In 1910, for example, expenses exceeded revenue by $75,000. Losses continued, and the company was forced into receivership on Oct. 11, 1911.

Por Jack Klasey

Mientras preparaba las vías para su línea interurbana en 1906, la Chicago & Southern Traction Company encontró pocos obstáculos; se construyó principalmente en un país llano de pradera, con un solo arroyo de tamaño mediano (la rama sur de Rock Creek, a las afueras de Manteno) para tender un puente.

Pero desde el día en que el primer automóvil eléctrico de pasajeros salió de Kankakee a fines de 1907, la gerencia de la línea se vio obligada a lidiar, una y otra vez, con un obstáculo importante: el dinero. En 1910, por ejemplo, los gastos ...

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