Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway

     The Chicago and Joliet Electric Railway was an electric interurban railway between Chicago and Joliet.  It was the only interurban between these cities.  This provided a link between the streetcar network in Chicago and the cities along the Des Plaines River Valley in north central Illinois.  This was serviced by the Illinois Valley Division of the Illinois Traction System.
     This is the history of the system.  In 1885, Joliet Street Railway Co. introduced horse car service.  In 1892, the first electric streetcar service was operated by the Joliet Street Railway Co.  In 1896, Joliet Railway Co . incorporated, acquiring Joliet Street Railway Co.  In 1898, Joliet Railroad Co. incorporated, acquiring Joliet Railway Co.
     In 1901, Chicago and Joliet Electric Railway Co. incorporated, as a consolidation of the Joliet Railroad Co., the Chicago and Joliet Rapid Transit Co.,and the Chicago and Des Plaines Valley Electric Railway Co.,and completing interurban line to Cicero Avenue in Chicago.  The Chicago and Joliet Electric Railway Co. was a subsidiary of American Railways Co.  In1924, Chicago and Joliet Electric Railway Co. sold to Middle West Utilities ( Sam Insull). In 1933 there was the beginning of rail service cancellation.
     Main service lines were between Joliet and Archer  Avenue in Chicago; Lemont and Sag Bridge Cemetery.
     One interesting anecdote concerns an amusement park in Lockport.   This was built in July 4, 1905.  The Chicago and Joliet Electric Railway Co. built this park to promote ridership on the line.  The cost was approximately $300,000.  It operated for 25 years.
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