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Chester in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Railroad

 
 
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By Thomas Smith, August 30, 2020
1. The Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
The railroads were part of everyday life. Up to 14 passenger and freight trains passed through Chester each day on three railroads. A popular means of transportation was the Dinky, a self-propelled motor car for short and low volume routes.

Since all tracks were at street level, flooding of the rails was common. In the 1950's, building on both sides of the street were razed and the railroad tracks were moved to their current location on the levee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 37° 54.017′ N, 89° 49.734′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of East Kaskaskia Street and Ferry Street, on the left when traveling west on East Kaskaskia Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Ferry St, Chester IL 62233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The River Boats (here, next to this marker); Port of Chester, Illinois Welcoming Mississippi River Travelers since 1829 (here, next to this marker); Popeye (approx. 0.4 miles
The Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Smith, August 30, 2020
2. The Railroad Marker
away); Chester, Randolph County, Illinois (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia (approx. 4.9 miles away); Illinois in the American Revolution (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Liberty Bell of the West (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2020, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 15, 2020, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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