Rock Island Depot and Freight House (A.K.A. River Station)
Built in 1900, this historic Rock Island depot has been restored and serves as a reminder of the significance of railways in the Midwest during the last half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. For Peoria, railways were linked to its burgeoning industries from the production of farm implements to distilleries. The river and rail connections near this depot connected the city to Chicago and other urban areas and was central to Peoria's population growth and economic development in these years. The former rail hub is now home to retail establishments and restaurants.
Backstory and Context
Montena, Richard M."Nomination Form: Rock Island Depot and Fright House." National Register of Historic Places. nps.gov. December 22, 1978. Digitized PDF located at http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/PDFs/200233.pdf.
Pfieiffer, David M. "Bridging the Mississippi The Railroads and Steamboats Clash at the Rock Island Bridge." Prologue Magazine, vol. 36, no. 2. Published Summer, 2004. National Archives. https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2004/summer/bridge.html
Williams, Karen Lee and Barbara Young-Nesseler. "Nomination for Landmark Designation: Rock Island Lines Passenger Station." Rock Island Preservation Commission. rigov.org. February 6, 1987. https://www.rigov.org/DocumentCenter/View/1049/rockislanddepot?bidId= . Though this citation details the station in Rock Island, it provides input into the line that served Rock Island and Peoria.
Rock Island Depot and Fright House (Peoria, IL): By Ron Reiring - Flickr: Peoria, IL train station, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14638541