100 pages softcover
This publication covers the transportation side of the 28th International Eucharistic Congress that was held in Chicago on June 20-24, 1926. There has never been anything like the 28th International Eucharistic Congress. Steam railroads from across the U.S. and Canada carried 600,000 people to Chicago, and more than 1 million people participated in the events. A Transportation Miracle, available in July 2016, tells this incredible story. Topics include background information, day-by-day details, the role that the rail lines played, and information on Cardinal Mundelein, who envisioned this Eucharistic Congress. Streetcars provided 15 million passenger trips. Interurbans, rapid transit and suburban trains carried people throughout Chicago. Five railroads combined to provide more than 300,000 passenger trips for the closing ceremonies _ a triumph of logistics and coordination! During Chicago's first 100 years, this Eucharistic Congress and the World's Fairs of 1893 and 1933-34 established Chicago as an international city. Enhancing the value of this publication, acclaimed railroad artist Mitch Markovitz has created six original colorful pieces of artwork portraying the North Shore Line's Cardinals' Special.