Automobile roads marked by a Century Progress
Fourteen of the main arteries of traffic leading into Chicago are marked, for distances of from 75 to 100 miles, with colorful markers, round in shape, for the guidance of visitors. These highways have been given appropriate World’s Fair names, and the signs carry symbols indicative of these names, i. e., Electrical route, regular Nos. 15 and 42 running down through Milwaukee, along Lake Michigan, has the familiar clenched fist closed over lightning flashes; Marine route, regular No. 12, running along the lake, through St. Joseph, Michigan, the naval anchor; Automotive route, regular No. 20 through South Bend, Indiana, the wheel of an auto; International route, regular No. 6 through Walkerton, Indiana, a globe; Science route, regular No. 30 through Valparaiso, Indiana, the Adler Planetarium; Industrial route, regular No. 41 through Kentland, Indiana, a gear; Midway route, regular No. 49, through Kankakee, Illinois, a clown; Agricultural route, regular No. 66 through Dwight, Illinois, and crossing Communication route, regular No. 7 through Ottawa, Illinois, at Joliet, Illinois, a man following a plow. The Communication route carries the symbol of two telephone Fort Dearborn Route Science Route Industrial Route poles strung with wires; Aero route, regular No. 32, through Leland, Illinois, a plane in flight; Illumination route, regular No. 30 through Rochelle, Illinois, the rising sun.
These markers appear at intervals of from one-tenth to a quarter of a mile. As you come close to Chicago, detour markers appear, indicating the way to different sections of the city.
On the right side of the road handsome information booths appear, with courteous attendants to give information about directions, about hotel accommodations, rooms in private homes or tourists’ camps. These are official information booths, plainly marked with the A Century of Progress signs.
Should you be seeking the way to friends or relatives in Chicago, the information clerks will give you minute directions and furnish you with a comprehensive road map. Further, if you desire, they will direct you to a telegraph station in the district in which the address is, and a messenger boy will take you to your destination for a small fee. Or, if you wish to know about a hotel or apartment or rooms in private homes, the clerk will give you complete information and direct you how to get there or to a telegraph district office, from whence a messenger boy will take you.