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Transcribed from "The Standard Guide to Chicago and The World's Fair", written and compiled by John J. Flinn, published September, 1890, by Flinn & Sheppard, 95 Dearborn Street, Chicago.

Chicago & Northern Pacific Railroad

The object for which the Chicago & Northern Pacific was incorporated was to operate a belt road around Chicago for suburban traffic and to furnish an entry to the city and terminal facilities here, both passenger and freight, for such roads as might require them. [See Wisconsin Central Lines for lease of Chicago & Northern Pacific Terminal to Northern Pacific Company.] In addition to the Wisconsin Central it now furnishes such facilities to the Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City road, which has equal rights in the Grand Central passenger station with the Wisconsin Central. Quite a number of the roads are customers of this company for transfer purposes. It lacks but a small link to connect the lines of the Chicago & Northern Pacific and the Chicago & Calumet Terminal, and the company will then have a complete belt line around the city, crossing the tracks of every road entering it. Part of this link is now under construction, and it is expected that the whole of it will be completed within a very short time. Neither the Wisconsin Central nor the Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City now does a suburban business, as far as the tracks of the Chicago & Northern Pacific extend. That part of the traffic the Chicago & Northern Pacific reserves for itself, and it is one of the conditions required of all lines leasing its tracks for passenger purposes that they leave this business for it. It runs thirty-five trains daily between Chicago and Conway Park and uses practically two lines for this suburban business. One of these is the old dummy-road from W. Fortieth st. to Altenheim and Waldheim cemeteries. This road has been thoroughly overhauled and a double track laid the entire distance. A good deal of confusion exists in the public mind regarding the Grand Central depot and the terminal facilities connected with it. Most people regard it as the property of the Wisconsin Central road or of the Northern Pacific, which has acquired title to the possession of that corporation. This is a mistake. All the terminals in this city and the line of road over which the Wisconsin Central trains run into the city from Central Grove really belong to a company separate and distinct from both the Wisconsin Central and the Northern Pacific, of the very existence of which many people are in ignorance. This is, no doubt, in large measure, owing to the similarity of name of this company and that of the Northern Pacific. Its corporate title is the Chicago & Northern Pacific, and it was this company and not the Northern Pacific proper which recently purchased the Chicago & Calumet terminal road. Reference to the "Wisconsin Central Lines" and "Northern Pacific Railroad" will show the connection of these several corporations.

Officers of the Company. -- The officers of the Chicago & Northern Pacific Railroad Company are all located in Chicago and are as follows: D. S. Wegg, President; H. S. Boutell, Secretary and General Solicitor; A. A. Allen, General Manager; T. J. Hyman, Auditor; Henry S. Hawley, General Agent; J. T. McBride, Superintendent; W. S. Jones, Chief Engineer; George W. Lindsay, Purchasing Agent. The general offices are located in the Grand Central depot, Harrison st. and Fifth ave.

Wisconsin Central Lines.

Although forming the connecting link between the Northern Pacific railroad system and Chicago, and although operated by the latter company as lessee, the Wisconsin Central lines, familiarly but incorrectly regarded by the public as the Wisconsin Central railroad, must be referred to separately. In April, 1890, a contract lease was made by and between the Wisconsin Central Company, the Wisconsin Central Railroad Company, and the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, whereby the latter company obtained a lease of all the lines of railroad owned and controlled by the Wisconsin Central lines between the cities of Chicago and St. Paul and Ashland, including the lines of railroad, real estate and terminal facilities of the Chicago & Northern Pacific Railroad Company in the City of Chicago, thus giving to the Northern Pacific Company a complete line from St. Paul to Chicago, with ample terminal facilities in the latter city. This combination of interests was deemed by the directors of the Northern Pacific of the utmost importance, as giving access to the City of Chicago by a line of its own ownership and possession, with unsurpassed terminal facilities. While the terms of the lease relieves the Wisconsin Central from operating details, it leaves the building of branches, feeders, and all extensions of, and permanent improvements upon, the Wisconsin Central lines, to be jointly agreed upon by the lessor and lessee, and to be actually constructed by the Wisconsin Central companies. The development of the land grant and management of the iron properties remain in the exclusive control of the Wisconsin Central Railroad Company. The Wisconsin Central, from its inception, has been peculiarly identified with Wisconsin, its growth and progress. Almost nine-tenths of the mileage of the system is within the borders of that State, and its principal offices are located at Milwaukee.