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Today it's the 2nd District Police Department on Wentworth, but the building is new. Can anyone tell me (or recommend sources that might tell me) where the nearest police department was at the turn of the century? Thank you.

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    It looks like at that point it had only been part of the city of Chicago for 9 years.
    – T.E.D.
    Oct 23, 2017 at 20:10
  • I'd really like to use the "Bloody Maxwell" (the former 7th District Police Station on Maxwell Street) since it has such an interesting history, but Maxwell street is 6 miles away from Kenwood. It seems like Kenwood would have been served by somewhere closer, but I can't figure out what it might have been. Oct 24, 2017 at 10:58
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    Well, with a lack of any other info, I'd assume they were previously served by a station somewhere in the middle of Hyde Park Township (most of which is south of Kenwood), and the city probably kept that arrangement going for a while (but reporting to their department). 9 years might be a stretch though.
    – T.E.D.
    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:06

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In general, good contemporary sources for questions like this one include city directories and old maps. There are multiple sources of maps, and I prefer to try to access city directories at FamilySearch because it's free.

In 1908, the Kenwood area of Chicago was likely served by a station that was on present-day S. Lake Park Avenue between E. 52nd Street and E. 53rd Street.

According to the 1902 and 1908 Lakeside City Directories for Chicago, the Chicago Police Department was apparently organized into Divisions 1-5, Districts 1-13, and Precincts 1-44 (1902) or 45 (1908).

These directories list what was then the 4th District, 10th Precinct at 5233 Lake Avenue. This was also the 2nd Division headquarters.

Blanchard's map of Chicago with the new street names: 1908 shows that Lake Avenue was the former name for what is now S. Lake Park Avenue. Looking at historicaerials.com, it seems there used to be enough space for buildings between the east side of Lake Avenue and the railroad lines, but apparently the road was rerouted between 1963 and 1972, and those buildings were lost.

Across the street from the location where I think the 10th Precinct station used to be are now an LA Fitness and a Starbucks.

1902 directory listing police stations:

1902 Chicago directory page listing police stations

1908 directory listing police stations:

1908 Chicago directory page listing police stations

1908 map of Kenwood neighborhood:

1908 map of Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood

1963 aerial view from historicaerials.com:

1963 aerial view

1972 aerial view from historicaerials.com:

1972 aerial view

2009 aerial view from historicaerials.com:

2009 aerial view

2022 Google maps:

2022 Google maps

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