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A few blocks east of Broadway, Hall Street contains more sprawling, lighter industry, as well as offloading from the river. Its straight, level, two-mile length has also been known to host the occasional drag race, an illegal but popular tradition going back at least to the 1960s.

The operation shown here is a coal transfer point. Coal trains arrive from coalfields (likely in central Illinois), back into the building shown here one car at a time, and are unloaded. The coal is transfered by the massive bucket wheel excavator.

Like the rest of the area, a thin scattering of houses still stands in the area, some occupied, many vacant. Hall Street, however, is entirely given over to industry.


The smokestack of the local incinerator, spewing a foul-looking yellow haze.

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