Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dead Man's Corner

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.


Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! I live about a block away from here. Just starting to learn about the rich history of this neighborhood. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Ummmm That is my house lol. Think its cool to see what it use to look like