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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The History of Union Station

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. The History of Union Station Marker
Inscription. Union Station opened in 1898 as the passenger terminal for the Illinois Central (IC) Railroad. Francis T. Bacon, an IC architect, designed the station, adorning the brick structure with decorative terra cotta and topping it with a 110-foot-tall clock tower. The present tower is a reconstruction of the original, which was removed in 1946.

Vacated by the railroad in 1971, Union Station was rehabilitated by the Scully Family in 1985 for retail use. The State of Illinois leased the former train station for offices beginning in 1990, eventually purchasing the building in 1999.

A rehabilitation designed by White & Borgognoni Architects that began in 205 returned the station to its turn-of-the-century appearance. Union Station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Location. 39° 48.213′ N, 89° 38.912′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker can be reached from N. 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the station between 5th & 6th Streets in the park. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Acts of Intolerance (within shouting distance of this marker); Stuart and Lincoln Law Office (about 600

National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
2. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotus (about 600 feet away); Surveyor Presidents (about 600 feet away); Streetscape 1859 (about 700 feet away); Lincoln's Last Law Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joshua Speed's Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brunwick's Billiard Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsRailroads & Streetcars
 
Union Station image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
3. Union Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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