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DeKalb County Tours: Train Depots

November 2nd, 2021
Categories: Adults, Personal Enrichment, Personal Enrichment, Reading, Writing, and Storytelling, Reading, Writing, and Storytelling, Seniors
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Chicago and Northwestern/ Union Pacific Railroad Depot | Designed in 1890, opened for use in 1891. Designed in Romanesque Revival style architecture by Charles Sumner Frost of the Firm Frost and Granger, the official architects of the railroad under President Marvin Hughitt. Served passengers until April 30, 1971. Headquarters for the Union Pacific Roadmaster.

Sycamore, Cortland and Chicago Depot | 475 W. Elm Street, Sycamore. Designed in 1880, in Italianate-style architecture. Its architect is unknown.

Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Depot | 622 Park Avenue, Genoa. Built in 1882 on North Sycamore Street adjacent to the railroad tracks. Moved to Water Works Park to prevent its demolition and restored as a museum by the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society. The 1950 Illinois Central Gulf caboose was purchased in 1983 for $2,000.

Henrietta Deport | Built in 1885 in Gothic Revival Architecture. Located on Baseline Road east of Five Points Road (North First Street in DeKalb). Henrietta was a small hamlet south of Route 72, east of Hunter Road. The building was moved here in 1934 to become a farmhouse for the Fairclo family at that time.

Chicago and Iowa Deport, Shabbona | Gothic Revival Architecture complete with board-and-batten siding. On North Illinois Street at the railroad. Said to be one of Shabbona’s oldest landmark buildings. Long owned by the Shabbona Lions Club and said to have always been the colors on it.

Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Depot, Kirkland | When the railroad reached Kirkland in 1876, the 1850 home of James and Mary Greenhow at South and Sixth Streets became the town’s first train depot, even though located some distance from the railroad. A historic picture of it as the depot does survive.