History in Garfield Ridge

5441 South Harlem Avenue

John Wentworth

John Wentworth (1815-1888) was a two-term Mayor of Chicago and six-term member of the U.S. House Of Representatives.  He stood 6’ 6’’ tall and weighed more than 300 pounds.  A Republican and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, he served as editor of the city’s first newspaper, The Chicago Democrat.  In his later years, he lived on his country estate at 5441 South Harlem Avenue, which today occupies a portion of the Garfield Ridge neighborhood. 

History in Garfield Ridge

South Central Avenue and East 55th Street

Southwest Airlines Flight 1248

Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 was arriving at Chicago Midway from Baltimore-Washington Airport when it slid off a runway during a snowstorm on Thursday, December 8, 2005, crashed into traffic, injured several people, and killed a six year-old boy.  Shortly after 7:15 p.m., the Boeing 737-700 crashed into the barrier surrounding the airport and rolled to a stop on South Central Avenue, just south of 55th Street.  The intersection was filled with cars. 

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