Taking The Train to Union Station Chicago
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Earlier this year we boarded the Capitol Limited train in Washington DC, en-route for Reno, Nevada via the great city of Chicago. Leaving on a warm and sunny afternoon we arrived in the Windy City early in the next morning. It was cold, dark and wet. Despite the weather we headed out into the city and made good use of the five hour lay-over until our next train, the California Zephyr was due to leave. Interestingly some ninety years earlier my wife's relatives had made a longer journey from Mulhall, Oklahoma to Chicago. During the 1920's Reba Burright and Ivy Burright took a train journey to Chicago to meet up with their sister Ora Blanche Burright. Reba documented the trip in one of her notebooks. The notebook has several random sets of hand written notes in it so it is not clear which year she wrote the piece. Her trip to Chicago does not have a stated year but she mentions the trip starting on Sunday, June 3rd. During the mid 1920's this day and date only occurred in 1923 and 1928, so I assume from years mentioned in other parts of the notebook that the most likely year was 1928.
'Ivy worked in the B.P.G office just below.'The fact that both women took jobs means that this must have been an extended visit to the City of Chicago. During their stop in Kansas City, Reba talks about a flag pole erected by the American Legion. Whilst there is a flag pole memorial in the park it was erected by Jacob Loose in 1915, it is more likely she has confused this with what would have been a more recent addition to the park. The American Legion Memorial II is a memorial for Kansas soldiers and sailors who served in World War One, dedicated in 1921.