A Transportation Miracle – Dispatch 7 is a 100-page publication covering the unbelievable transportation coordination necessary to make the 28th International Eucharistic Congress a success. The Congress was held in Chicago on June 20-24, 1926. The book tells the incredible story of how Steam railroads from across the U.S. and Canada carried 600,000 people to Chicago, and local transit and railroad carried more than 1 million people to participate in the events.
Chapter 1 of A Transportation Miracle – Dispatch 7 discuses the preparations and travels required to the Eucharistic Congress in 1926. Chapter 2 outlines the day-by-day details of events during the Congress.
Chapter 3 A Transportation Miracle – Dispatch 7 of discusses the role that the rail and transit lines played in bringing all the people to the different events. To make this happen streetcars provided 15 million passenger trips. Interurbans, rapid transit and suburban trains carried people throughout Chicago. Five railroads combined to provide more than 300,000 passenger trips for the closing ceremonies. The Congress was a triumph of logistics and coordination! During Chicago’s first 100 years, this Eucharistic Congress and the World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933-34 established Chicago as an international city. The final link to the grounds on St. Mary of the Lake was provided on the railroad right-away of the Chicago, Milwaukee and North Shore Railroad.
The last chapter of A Transportation Miracle – Dispatch 7 discusses Cardinal Mundelein, who envisioned this Eucharistic Congress. It talks about how he made the Congress happen. Enhancing the value of this publication, acclaimed railroad artist Mitch Markovitz has created six original colorful pieces of artwork portraying the North Shore Line’s “Cardinals’ Special.”
The Shore Line Interurban Historical Society that published A Transportation Miracle – Dispatch 7, is a non-profit organization that publishes a quarterly magazine and dispatches about urban, suburban and interurban passenger rail service in the Chicago Hub region. For more information on this organization or to join visit their website at www.shore-line.org. The mission of the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society is to preserve the history of urban, suburban, and interurban passenger railroads in the upper Midwest.
If you want to know more about the grow of railroad passenger transportation in Chicago, you will want to add A Transportation Miracle – Dispatch 7 your history book collection. The Shore Line Interurban Historical Society has published 8 other Dispatches about Chicago Railroading. They are for sale on this website.