Carbondale in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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Daniel Harmon Brush founded Carbondale in 1852 along the right-of-way of the Illinois Central Railroad. The railroad became the center of the town's activity, bisecting what would become the Town Square. The photo above depicts the railroad facilities in 1864. The 1854 Freight/Passenger Depot, built by Brush, is on the left, and the second passenger depot (ca. 1860) is in the background.
The photo below depicts the second passenger depot as it appeared in 1896. In 1903, Monroe Street was vacated to allow construction of the third passenger depot, still in existence. The 1903 Depot, designed by Francis Bacon, an Illinois Central Railroad architect, became the City's first designated historic landmark in 1991.
The photo to the left shows the third passenger depot as it appeared in ca. 1905.
Erected by Station Carbondale Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 43.625′ N, 89° 12.985′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale IL 62901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Train Conductor (a few steps from this marker); Station #9 (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Harmon Brush (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #4 (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carbondale.
More about this marker. This is the first of nine plaques around Carbondale Town Square, as part of the Tablescapes walking tour program highlighting Carbondale's railroad and founding history.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3. submitted on December 8, 2020.