Near Union in McHenry County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1851 Marengo Station
Chicago's first railroad, the Galena & Chicago Union, began building westward from Chicago in 1848, through Turner Junction (now West Chicago) to Rockford and Freeport. That railroad later became part of the Chicago & North Western and (in the 1990's) the Union Pacific.
G&CU constructed this large wooden passenger station in Marengo, a few miles west of Union, in 1851. One end of the depot held a passenger waiting room, while the other was used for baggage and freight. Passenger service to Marengo ended in 1950, but the depot remained in use for freight until the mid-1960's.
IRM purchased the station from C&NW in 1967. The structure was divided into two large sections and moved by truck to IRM, where it was reassembled. The station exterior is largely unchanged, but inside, restrooms have been installed in the baggage area.
It is the oldest station in continuous service west of Pittsburgh.
Erected by Illinois Railway Museum.
Location. 42° 13.746′ N, 88° 31.642′ W. Marker is near Union, Illinois, in McHenry County. Click for map. Marker is adjacent to the southern corner of the station (now marked as East Union Station), on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Olson Road, Union IL 60180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indiana Harbor Belt 1181 (a few steps from this marker); The Elgin & Belvidere Electric Company/Rebirth of the Elgin & Belvidere (within shouting distance of this marker); Simplex Type Automatic Coupler (within shouting distance of this marker); Couplers (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Brakes / Westinghouse Automatic Air Brakes (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Standard Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago Railways Company Date Stone (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Union.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Illinois Railway Museum.
2. Galena & Chicago Union Railroad.
3. Chicago Transportation. Discussed the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad.
4. William B. Ogden and the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad.
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