tb_mrha_CandENorthLine_09_1980_09

tb_mrha_CandENorthLine_09_1980_09

At the end of the line circa 1980 stands the Reed Candy Company. It produced butterscotch and root beer flavored candies that came in rolls. It was acquired by Wrigley and production was moved to a more modern facility near Yorkville. The Reed Candy building was closed around 1984 and eventually it was torn down in 1987 for the Sweeterville town home complex on the same site. The C&E in 1980 continued across Belmont Avenue for a half block where it kept a tail track for backup moves onto Reed’s spur. An internal Milwaukee Road study from 1982 contemplated realigning the main line of the C&E slightly to the east in Lakewood Avenue so that it would connect to the Reed spur from the south. The Reed spur then would be the new northern terminus of the C&E. That would have eliminated the need for switching across busy Belmont Avenue. But alas, that would not come to as Reed was purchased and production relocated.