Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Between 1880 and 1920, the most violent spot in "Bloody Maxwell," the most violent neighborhood in Chicago, was the corner of 14th place and Sangamon, otherwise known as Dead Man's Corner.
Conveniently near the Maxwell Street Police Station, Dead Man's corner was continually the site of gun battles between police and criminals.
Long past its heyday of criminality, but still a slum, this photograph from the Cushman collection at Indiana University shows the southeast corner of Dead Man's Corner, in 1949. The photo following it shows the corner as it looks today.