The text of the plaque at 2701 S. Damen Ave. describes the achievements of Father Jacques Marquette, the first European to reside in Chicago. But there’s one aspect of the plaque that always seems to catch the viewer’s eye: the swastikas.
A century ago there wasn’t much to do on the train except read the paper or look out the window. That’s why there was an "L" floral contest in 1910. The idea was to get the people along the line to spruce up their property.