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Carbondale in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Station #7

 
 
Station #7 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
1. Station #7 Marker
Inscription.  Because of the active railroad freight and passenger line, overnight lodging facilities were in demand, and several hotels were constructed. The most imposing of the early hotels was the Union House, later the Planters House Hotel; it stood on the northwest corner of Illinois Avenue and Jackson Street. The hotel was enlarged to three stories in 1874 as depicted in the photo to the right. Known as the Franklin Hotel in the twentieth century, it was demolished in 1991.

The photo to the left depicts a southbound view of the 100 block of North Illinois Avenue (ca. 1890). The Oldenhage Building in the foreground was built prior to 1890 and was extensively remodeled in 1917. In 1887, the City Council ordered fourteen streets improved and five-foot brick, rather than oak plank, sidewalks constructed on Main and other major streets. Broad twelve-foot-wide brick or stone walks were also ordered for the east, north, and west sides of the Town Square.
 
Erected by Dr. and Mrs. Brian G. McElheny.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Station #7 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
2. Station #7 Marker
Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 37° 43.687′ N, 89° 13.016′ W. Marker is in Carbondale, Illinois, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Jackson Street and North Illinois Avenue (U.S. 51), on the right when traveling east on East Jackson Street. North Illinois Avenue is one-way, going north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 W Jackson St, 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. Station #8 (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #6 (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Harmon Brush (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #4 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Station #9 (about 400 feet away); Station #5 (about 400 feet away); Train Conductor (about 400 feet away); Station #1 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carbondale.
 
More about this marker. This is the seventh of nine markers 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 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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