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Villa Avenue Train Station - Villa Park, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 53.160 W 087° 58.140
16T E 419606 N 4637572
Quick Description: The depot was designed by Arthur Gerber, a Chicago architect who designed several mass transit and interurban depots. Now contains a museum including several very nice displays covering local and railroad history.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 4/23/2008 6:50:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM3N4N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 44

Long Description:
At the turn of the century, an interurban electric railway called The Aurora, Elgin and Chicago streaked across the prairie farmland. It linked Chicago to the far western suburbs. Villa Park was about a midway point. The rail line ceased operation in 1957.

An active historical society enabled Villa Park to have the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad station placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The old rails were removed in 1962 and eventually converted to trails now known as the Illinois Prairie Path, a national Historic Trail. Great for biking!

Street address:
220 S. Villa Avenue
Villa Park, IL USA


County / Borough / Parish: Du Page, IL

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Transportation

Current function: Recreation And Culture

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2008 To: 12/31/2008

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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