Tuesday Trivia: The Chicago of the North


What British town was so proud of its steel mills that in the 1800’s it called itself “The Chicago of the North?”

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Barrow-in-FurnessBarrow-in-Furness.  The Cubrian town still has a large manufacturing industry, centered around shipyards that build nuclear submarines.

At one time, Decatur, Alabama called itself “The Chicago of the South” because of its numerous rail links.  For the same reason, the former gold mining center of Beatty, Nevada once billed itself as “The Chicago of the West.”  In the 1920’s, Hankou, China called itself “The Chicago of the East.”

There is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires called “New Chicago” which even has its own professional soccer team.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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