History of Chicago Series. Chicago: City of Horses. A Journey Through an Urban World of Horses and the Origins of Mass Public Transit, 1859-1910.
Join Dr. Chris Stacey for an exploration into horses! To understand life in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th century you must imagine a city filled with horses. Horses were essential to the growth of Chicago and served as a primary means of commercial and public transportation. The emergence of public transit in Chicago began in 1856 with horse drawn streetcars. Three large transit corporations carved-out geographic monopolies on each side of the city for public transit, which originated to serve long-distance railroad passengers so they could easily cross-town to another terminal or travel to downtown hotels and retail businesses.