StoryCorps Chicago: How A Man Saved The Day When The Chicago River Flooded The Loop
John Wahlfedt has always been passionate about trains.
Many years ago, his wife bought him a book about a mostly forgotten train tunnel system beneath downtown Chicago. Last week, Wahlfedt came to the StoryCorps booth in the Chicago Cultural Center with two copies of the book, Forty Feet Below. He had his original, and another, spiral-bound photocopy. His daughter Laura, and granddaughter Sarah asked him to explain his connection with the book.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.