WILL Documentaries

Illinois Pioneers: Illinois Central Railroad

Special | 29m 1s

Historian Dan McCollum discusses the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad in 1854. The town that grew up around the tracks originally was called West Urbana, renamed Champaign after the town acquired a charter in 1860. About 10,000 men worked at any one time on the rail line. The depot, called Urbana Station, was built in time for the first train to arrive July 24, 1854.

Aired: 03/25/10

Rating: NR

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City of Champaign