WATCH: Incredible Video Highlights Oldest Footage of Chicago
Photo via YouTube
Chances are great that your trip to Chicago included a moment to stand in awe of the gargantuan skyscrapers or the bounty of Lake Michigan. Thanks to some Internet sleuthing, a YouTube channel has uncovered something far more historic.
The cool thing about the video is it comes in tandem with an adjoining map, which signals in which direction the filmmaker was facing when capturing the footage.
Now some black-and-white video of Lake Michigan, for example, gets some added context. As you will see, this garners a whole other level of cool:
As for the final throes of the video, the YouTube channel helps us out with the when and where: “The producers believe they have also identified the previously unknown location of the oldest surviving footage of the Chicago — a short clip of a police parade in front of a now-demolished building in 1896. The film was taken outside the Battery D building which stood on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street.”
As if all this weren’t enough, the video features highlights such as the old Comiskey Park, footage from the infamous 1919 World Series and an audio recording of perhaps Chicago’s finest moment.
In 1893, Chicago held the World’s Fair, which brought together some of the country’s most revered architects to build an enormous White City.
It also marked the initial rides aboard something called a Ferris wheel. Well, the above video has audio recording purportedly taken during this exhibition.
While you might not get this vantage anywhere in the modern city, the video adds a level of nuance to your future travels.
It’s important to know the history of a destination. And this video is rife with the stuff.
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