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Mason in Effingham County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roswell B. Mason

1805 1892

 
 
Roswell B. Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 7, 2020
1. Roswell B. Mason Marker
Inscription.  
Dedicated to the Memory of Roswell B. Mason

Builder of the charter lines of the Illinois Central Railroad

Erected September 27, 1956 on the one hundredth anniversary of the completion of construction at this place which was thereupon named in his honor memory of Roswell B. Mason
 
Erected 1956.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 38° 57.342′ N, 88° 37.288′ W. Marker is in Mason, Illinois, in Effingham County. Marker is on Trumbull Street (Illinois Route 37) north of East State Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on a roadside pullout at the northeast edge of town. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1083 Arthur St, Mason IL 62443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Road (approx. 8.2 miles away); Altamont (approx. 9˝ miles away); Dr. Charles M. Wright House (approx. 10.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial
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(approx. 10.4 miles away); Welcome to the Cross at the Crossroads! (approx. 10.8 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.2 miles away); Effingham (approx. 12.3 miles away); Yates Post No. 88 W.R.C. (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The memorial marker was originally placed at a grade school in Mason. It possibly was put at its current location to replace a marker that was placed by the Illinois State Historical Society in 1965.
 
Also see . . .
1. Roswell B. Mason on Wikipedia. What is not mentioned on the plaque is that Mason served as the mayor of Chicago from 1869 to 1871. He was the first chief engineer of the Illinois Central Railroad. (Submitted on July 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. Final spike driven in Effingham County. An article from Effingham Daily News, published on September 12, 2016, which talks about the 160th anniversary of the completion of the Illinois Central Railroad. At the time (1856), it was the longest railroad in the world. A lot of history is in the article, as well as the 100th anniversary of the moment in 1956. (Submitted on July 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Roswell B. Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 7, 2020
2. Roswell B. Mason Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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