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Deadwood Central train at Chicago Railroad Fair postcard

Accession 1998.277

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Deadwood Central train at Chicago Railroad Fair postcard (Accession 1998.277), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Deadwood Central train at Chicago Railroad Fair postcard
Dates: 1948
Accession Number: 1998.277
Creator: Unknown.
Extent: 1 image
Physical Description: 1 photomechanical print : postcard, color ; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Location: GL Box 2.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Chicago Railroad Fair was the first exposition after the Second World War and the last exposition that featured railroads as its theme. It marked the centennial of the arrival of railroads to Chicago and their role in westward expansion. This is a postcard of the narrow gauge Deadwood Central train that carried visitors around the fairground.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Chicago Railroad Fair was the first exposition after the Second World War and the last exposition that featured railroads as its theme. It marked the centennial of the arrival of railroads to Chicago and their role in westward expansion. The exposition was held in 1948 and 1949 in Burnham Park on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Almost forty railroads and many railroad equipment manufacturers participated. Exhibits included locomotives; rail cars; the narrow gauge Deadwood Central, which rode visitors around the exposition site; theme park attractions, and a Native American village. The Wheels a-Rolling pageant was the main attraction and traced the history of transportation across the continent with an emphasis on railroads.

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Scope and Content

This is a postcard of the narrow gauge Deadwood Central train at the Chicago Railroad Fair held in 1948 and 1949. The caption on the back of the card reads: "A train of early-day equipment that operated years ago on Burlington Lines in Colorado carries Chicago Railroad Fair visitors from one end of the grounds to the other."

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Access Points

Chicago Railroad Fair. (Data of meeeting of treaty signing--(1948-1949))
Postcards.
Railroads, Narrow-gage.
Railroads--Exhibitions.
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