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Ilinois - Batavia Historical Society Depot Museum

Batavia, IL - One of the society founders' dreams came true with the acquisition, moving, and renovation of the Depot Museum which was the abandoned Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot at Webster and Van Buren Streets erected in 1854.

Today, nearly 100 volunteers keep the museum staffed, acting as docents, catalogers, and helpers with the many activities of the society and the museum. Other members assist researchers at the Gustafson Research Center.

Batavia railroad history comes alive in a permanent exhibit about the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (est. 1850), the Chicago & North Western Railroad (est. 1872) and the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Electric Line (est. 1902). Three railroad lines served Batavia freight and passenger service until the mid-1900ís when the automobile became the transportation of choice. On display are many railroad artifacts, photos and ticket agent office. A detailed section on the telegraph system and itís role in railroad history includes live telegraph keys where visitors can try their hand at sending messages using Morse Code.

Site URL: http://www.bataviahistoricalsociety.org/depot_museum.htm
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