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Surviving Railroad Depots of America

The Railroad depot was the social and commercial center of many small towns & villages across America. The fortunes of many cities would be made or broken by the passing of two steel rails through their limits. The railroad provided a market for goods, grain and cattle and it brought the mail and other news of the outside world. It was also the primary mode of transportation in those pre-automobile days.
After the Second World War with declining rail travel and improved highways, more automobiles and trucks, Many depots were seeing the end of their useful lives. Scores of these beautiful buildings were resigned to neglect, vandalism and the wrecking ball.
The photos on these pages show what is left of the golden age of railroading. Every town on the rails had a depot, at one time there were upwards of 40,000 depots in America, today that figure is halved.
While somewhat removed from their previous role, today, railroad depots are once again emerging as community centerpieces. After years of neglect, the buildings are being reclaimed, and now enjoy new lives as retail centers, museums and even transportation centers.
Now come with me as we travel through the country to find the surviving Railroad depots of America.

I am always on the look out for surviving depots in Illinois, Iowa or Wisconsin,
If you know the location or the history of one please leave comments or contact trailryder@wildblue.net

New in 2008,
I have photos for the Depots marked Coming Soon, They will be added in no predetermined order, if you would like to see a marked Depot appear next Please leave Comments, It helps to Motivate me.

Railroad Depot index, Depots appear in this order.

Illinois Central Railroad
Galena, Illinois
Freeport, Illinois
Seward, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Genoa, Illinois
Burlington, Illinois
Belleville, Wisconsin
Argyle, Wisconsin
Forreston, Illinois
Amboy, Illinois
Mendota, Illinois
Independence, Iowa (New!)
Monroe, Wisconsin, Freight House (Coming soon!)

Fenelon Place Elevator, Dubuque, Iowa

Chicago, Burlington & Northern Railroad
Dubuque, Iowa

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Praire du Chien, Wisconsin
East Dubuque, Illinois
Oregon, Illinois
Rochelle, Illinois (Razed)
Steward, Illinois
Shabbona, Illinois
Thomson, Illinois
Sterling, Illinois
Fulton, Illinois
Whitton, Illinois
Earlville, Illinois
Mendota, Illinois
La Moille, Illinois
Princeton, Illinois
Buda, Illinois (Razed)

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Aledo, Illinois
New Windsor, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Ottawa, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Wyoming, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Zearing, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Plano, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Viola, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Galesburg, Illinois (Coming soon!)
West Chicago, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Pepin, Wisconsin (Coming soon!)

Amtrak Depot
Kewanee, Illinois

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
Chillicothe, Illinois

Chicago & North Western Railroad
DeKalb, Illinois
Sycamore, Illinois
Elva, Illinois
Rochelle, Illinois
Dixon, Illinois
Fulton, Illinois
Clinton, Iowa
Rockford, Illinois
Footville, Wisconsin
Evansville, Wisconsin
North Freedom, Wisconsin
La Rue, Wisconsin
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Cuba City, Wisconsin
West Chicago, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Geneva, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Turner Junction, Tower, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Ames, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Belle Plaine, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Boone, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Lowden, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Fennimore, Wisconsin (Coming soon!)

Chicago Great Western Railroad
Elizabeth, Illinois
Woodbine, Illinois
Clare, Illinois
Mason City, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Red Wing, Minnesota (Coming soon!)

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Milan, Illinois
Rock Island, Illinois
Geneseo, Illinois
Sheffield, Illinois
Bureau, Illinois
Tiskilwa, Illinois
Depue, Illinois
Lasalle-Peru, Illinois
Utica, Illinois (Razed)
Peoria, Illinois
Chillicothe, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Henry, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Ottawa, Illinois (Coming soon!)

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Northern Pacific Railroad
Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Great Northern Railroad
Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul & Pacific Railroad
Delmar, Iowa
Maquoketa, Iowa
La Motte, Iowa
Camanche, Iowa
Clinton, (Lyons) Iowa
Fulton, Illinois
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Rio, Wisconsin
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Belmont, Wisconsin
Darlington, Wisconsin
Gratiot, Wisconsin
Dunbarton, Wisconsin
Monroe, Wisconsin
Juda, Wisconsin
Brodhead, Wisconsin
Orfordville, Wisconsin
Janesville, Wisconsin, Freight House
Darien, Wisconsin
New Glarus, Wisconsin

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Edgerton, Wisconsin
Milton, Wisconsin
Black Earth, Wisconsin
Mazomanie, Wisconsin
Sauk City, Wisconsin
Monticello, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Rock City, Illinois
Freeport, Illinois
Genoa, Illinois
Pingree Grove, Illinois
Mendota, Illinois
Ceder Point, Illinois
Davenport, Iowa, (Freight House)
Hastings, Minnesota
Kirkland, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Port Byron, Illinois (Coming soon!)
Marquette, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Mason City, Iowa (Coming soon!)
New Albin, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Preston, Iowa (Coming soon!)
Grand Crossing, Wisconsin, Tower (Coming soon!)
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (Coming soon!)
Sturtevant, Wisconsin (Coming soon!)
Red Wing, Minnesota (Coming soon!)
Winnona, Minnesota (Coming soon!)

Amtrak Depot
Portage, Wisconsin

Davenport, Rock Island & Northwestern Depot
Moline Illinois

Metra Depot
West Chicago, Illinois (Coming soon!)

Alaska Railroad
Seward, Alaska

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe & Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Hoopphole, Yorktown & Tampico Railroad
Hoopphole, Illinois

Stevenson & Silver Creek Railroad
Freeport, Illinois

Trolley Depot
Rockford, Illinois

Illinois Valley Electric Railway
Depue, Illinois

Rockford & Interurban Electric Railway
Pecatonica, Illinois
Winnebago, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois

Union Station
Davenport, Iowa
Peoria, Illinois (Coming soon!)

Boone & Scenic Depot (Coming Soon!)

Check Back Soon for more...

80 Illinois Depots
20 Iowa Depots
39 Wisconsin Depots
7 Minnesota Depots
1 Alaska Depot
1 Oklahoma Depot
40 Coming soon

148 total Depots

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Illinois Central Depot at Galena, Illinois.
:: Illinois Central Depot at Galena, Illinois. ::
Illinois Central Depot, Freeport, Illinios
:: Illinois Central Depot, Freeport, Illinios ::
Illinois Central depot, Seward, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central depot, Seward, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central, Amtrak station, (out of service) Rockford, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central, Amtrak station, (out of service) Rockford, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Genoa, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Genoa, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Burlington, Illinois
:: Illinois Central Depot at Burlington, Illinois ::
Illinois Central Depot, Belleville, Wisconsin.jpg
Illinois Central Depot, Belleville, Wisconsin.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Belleville, Wisconsin 2006.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Belleville, Wisconsin 2006.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Argyle, Wisconsin 2006.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Argyle, Wisconsin 2006.jpg
Illinois Central Depot, Forreston, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central Depot, Forreston, Illinois.jpg
Illinois Central Depot at Amboy, Illinois
:: Illinois Central Depot at Amboy, Illinois ::
Illinois Central Depot, Mendota, Illinois
:: Illinois Central Depot, Mendota, Illinois ::
Illinois Central Depot, Independance, Iowa
:: Illinois Central Depot, Independance, Iowa ::
Fenelon Place Elevator at Dubuque, Iowa
:: Fenelon Place Elevator at Dubuque, Iowa ::
Chicago, Burlington  & Northern Depot at Dubuque, Iowa
:: Chicago, Burlington & Northern Depot at Dubuque, Iowa ::
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot, East Dubuque.jpg
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot, East Dubuque.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, East Dubuque BNSF side.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, East Dubuque BNSF side.jpg
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot, East Dubuque Illinois.jpg
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot, East Dubuque Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois .jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois .jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois .jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois .jpg
Illinois Railnet  train passes Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois
Illinois Railnet train passes Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois .jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Oregon, Illinois .jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Rochelle, Illinois
:: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Rochelle, Illinois ::
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Steward, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Steward, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Steward, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Steward, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Steward, Illinois with BNSF 5425.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Steward, Illinois with BNSF 5425.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Shabbona, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Shabbona, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Shabbona, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Shabbona, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot,Thomson, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot,Thomson, Illinois
BNSF 5190 at Thomson IL.JPG
BNSF 5190 at Thomson IL.JPG
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Sterling, Illinios.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Sterling, Illinios.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Sterling, Illinios
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Sterling, Illinios
Burlington Northern sign, Sterling, Illinois .jpg
Burlington Northern sign, Sterling, Illinois .jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Fulton, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Fulton, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Whitton, Illinois.JPG
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Whitton, Illinois.JPG
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Whitton, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Whitton, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois 2006.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois 2006.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois westbound view.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois westbound view.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois with freight train.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Earlville, Illinois with freight train.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Mendota, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Mendota, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Mendota, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Mendota, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Mendota, Illinois with train.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, Mendota, Illinois with train.jpg
Mendota Depot sign.jpg
Mendota Depot sign.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, La Moille, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, La Moille, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot & caboose, La Moille, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot & caboose, La Moille, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, front, Princeton, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, front, Princeton, Illinois
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Princeton, Illinois with Amtrak service
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Princeton, Illinois with Amtrak service
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, trackside, Princeton, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot, trackside, Princeton, Illinois.jpg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Buda, Illinois
:: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Depot at Buda, Illinois ::
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