Windy City (8 Nov. 1881?)

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   Greetings from the LOC, newspaper division.  It has the online WASHINGTON POST, but not the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR.
   I don't know if this "Windy City" refers to Chicago or Buffalo.

   8 November 1881, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER (Ohio), pg. 5, col. 1:


_Which Are to Cross the Continent,_

_Thus Making a Through and Independent_
   _Line From Ocean to Ocean._

_Vanderbilt Fires Off His First Fast Train_
   _Along the Borders of the Lakes_
      _Toward the Windy City._

_Capitalists Hunting For Commerce and_
   _Terminal Facilities for a New_
      _Road at Toledo._

_Gould and Huntington Supposed to be_
   _Backing Horace Scott's Ohio_
      _River Road._

_Miscellaneous Notes and Personals_
   _About Railroad Matters._

   Two years hence, says the New York Times, an entirely new system of railroads from ocean to ocean will be in operation, and already the better part of the great chain is completed.  The terminal will be New York and San Francisco.  The roads forming the route will be the New York, West Shore and Buffalo, the New York, Buffalo and Chicago, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, the Northern Pacific and the Oregon Navigation Company's lines.  The system will be in direct opposition to the Vanderbilt lines and the Union Pacific Railroad, and it is claimed for it that it will run through the part of the country that supplies the greatest amount of travel and freight business.  The Eastern line will be the New York, West Shore and Buffalo Railroad, extending from New York to Buffalo.  The West Shore, as it is called, will be a powerful rival of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad.  The length of the road will be 425 miles, some sixteen miles shorter than the Central.  No grades will exceed twenty feet to the mile eastward and thirty feet to the mile westward, and no curves will be over four degrees.  One grade on the Central at Albany is said to be at the rate of seventy feet to the mile.  The road is to be straighter than the Central, and the projectors assert that the running time will be decreased at least one hour between New York and Buffalo.
   The second link in the system will be the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, divided into two divisions, one of which extends from Buffalo to Chicago, and the other from Fort Wayne to St. Louis.  ALthough the surveys have been made and some of the grading done, it is not likely that the Fort Wayne and St. Louis Division will be built.  Arrangements have been made by which the business of the Company will be performed by the Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railroad.

(That's it.  Is "Windy City" Buffalo or Chicago?--ed.)

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