Advertisement of the St. Louis, Alton, & Chicago Railroad in 1860

This railroad was known by many other names before it was the Chicago & Alton Railroad. The line was the quickest way to get to Springfield and Saint Louis. The "Alton" railroad also had the distinction of being the first direct connection between Chicago and the Mississippi river at Alton, Illinois.

Source: Thomas M. Halpin, comp., Chicago City Directory for the Year 1860-1 (Chicago: D. B. Cooke & Co., 1860), front fly leaf.