Exploring Mail-Order Homes Along the Old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad

The Melrose Park Library partnered with four area libraries/historical societies conducting surveys to identify mail-order homes. Mail order homes are a little known phenomenon, yet are most likely prevalent in these communities due to the proximity of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad since they were shipped to buyers using boxcars. After the surveys were completed, public programs were hosted in each community to discuss the results of the survey and the historical context of the homes. The culmination of the project is the creation of this free public database documenting the homes identified throughout this process.


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