Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wilmington's Depot Coming Down

From the Dec. 7, 2011 Free Press Newspaper.

Route 66's Wilmington, Illinois, 1869 train depot will be coming down as it is too close to the tracks for high speed trains.

The 1,400 square-foot station is one of the oldest in the state, built in the spring of 1869 by the Chicago, Alton & Mississippi Railroad.

It was decommissioned in 1972.

I don't know if it has already been torn down yet or not, but every town I know of that has allowed their depot to be demolished has regretted it.  If it is too close to the tracks, move it.  It can always be found a reuse for a building of that much architectural interest.

The one in Chenoa, Illinois, is in bad shape as well.

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