Back in 1871, The Great Chicago Fire killed an estimated 200 to 300 people, destroyed more than three square miles of the city, and left 100,000 people homeless.
In the ’30s, Chicago gang leader Al Capone was imprisoned for income tax evasion, and served most of his time on Alcatraz, where he faced constant death threats.
Look back at more than 200 vintage license plates issued through the 20th century – including ones for every American state & territory – plus some special plates, too.
Note that these stories are presented as they were written in 1968. Some of the wording, such as the use of the term “Negro,” reflects
Check out these 12 retro basement remodels, including a ranch room with a Western atmosphere, created with cowhide furniture, a totem pole, and a colorful pattern for the floor copied from a Navajo blanket.
See damage caused by the St Louis tornado in May 1896 – considered one of the deadliest on record with at least 255 lives lost – and get the whole story.
After World War II, when the railroad companies had to transport troops around the country, they upgraded the service. Here’s a look back at some of what the railroads were offering to entice passengers back in the late 1940s.
It is hard to believe that only two centuries ago, Chicago was a lonely marshland of trees and tall grass, a place with an abundance of wild onions, from which the Iroquois gave it its name, Chicagou.
Take a look at a more than 20 vintage road maps below, apparently preserved for years in car gloveboxes across the nation!
Transcript of Jefferson’s Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1803) Confidential Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:
ILLINOIS. Is about equal in extent to England. with a population of 1,722. No State in the Valley of the Mississippi offers so great an inducement to the settler as the State of Illinois.