Monthly Archives: April 2013

The March ’13 Puzzler Solution

Cable car 1882

Time for the Puzzler solution once again.


This time it was a True-False test, which means even if you didn’t know the answer you’ve still had a 50% chance of being right.




So let’s see if you’re a good test-taker. Herewith, the results:

1.       Chicago once had the largest cable car system the world had ever seen.

 True or False?  True

 In 1882, Chicago took a daring step in transit, as it had done previously in countless other fields. The city became the first to try San Francisco’s style of cable cars. On a cold blustery day in January 1982 Chicago City Railway became the first cable car line to run on State Street from Madison to 21st St.  (Forgotten Chicago)

2.       Elephants stopped traffic on Chicago Avenue every morning for ten  days each spring by strolling from the old Armory a block east of Michigan to the Medina Temple at 600 N Wabash.

 True or False?  True

 The Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus visited every spring and set up in its favorite venue, the Medina Temple for 10 days. The Elephants were quartered in the Armory on Chicago Avenue and made the trip right down the middle of the street to do the show each day. The procession was a favorite attraction for office workers, neighbors and shoppers. (Encyclopedia of Chicago)

 3.       A strip of motels and hotels flourished on Chicago’s lakefront in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s as a major post war tourist magnet. Bearing such exotic names as the “Edgewater Beach Hotel, Lake Tower Motel, The Tropicana, The Tides, Holiday Lodge, The Sands and 50th on the Lake,” this great lineup was sometimes referred to as “The Miami of Canada.”

True or False?  True

 While locals are familiar with the allure of Chicago’s lakefront many visitors do not associate Chicago as a sun-and-sand destination. A characteristic of many of these Shoreline Motels was marketing that suggested a destination far from the Midwest with their vacation-tinted names. Besides their locations on the lake, they also emphasized their newness in contrast to the rest of Chicago’s existing (and aging) hotel accommodations. (Forgotten Chicago)

 4.       The Excalibur nightclub is a former home of the Chicago Historical Society. 

 True or False?  True

The original home of the Chicago Historical Society building was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The society used a temporary building from 1877 until 1896. The Excalibur was erected as a permanent replacement and was used until 1932 when the present Historical Society (now the Chicago History Museum) was erected. (Chicago Historical Society)

5. Over a hundred people committed suicide from “high bridge” in Lincoln Park, later known as Suicide Bridge. It was eventually demolished.

True or False  True

Lincoln Park, formerly known as City Cemetery, seems like a  place that should be haunted, given its history. It was the gravesite of hundreds of victims of cholera and other epidemics in Chicago’s early years. The bodies were removed to create a park in its place, but plenty of  bodies remain, creating many ghost stories. In addition, many murders took place there over  the years as did many suicides by jumping off what became known as Suicide Bridge. At the turn of the 20th century, the Tribune said there had been enough violent deaths in the park to furnish a ghost for every nook and cranny. (Chicago Unbelievable)

 There you have it. How did you do? I want make sure to congratulate Bill this month. Hey, Bill you got every one of the items correct! But what about next month’s challenge?!

See you all then.