I am publishing an 1872 Directory of Fireman for the City of Chicago. It includes railroads and Chicago businesses. I researched the book from the U.S. Business Directory of 1872, among other references. 1872 was the year after the great conflagration, i.e the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871. In this era firefighting was handled by steam engines. They were often pulled by teams of horses.
This is the complete story of one man's dream and where it took him. For seventy-seven years, Riley's Trick Shop was THE place for tricks, jokes, magic, and Halloween costumes on the South Side of Chicago.