2017 Day Trip: Batavia, Illinois / Batavia Depot Museum

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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia railroad history comes alive in the Depot Museum.  Three railroad lines served Batavia’s freight and passenger services until the mid-1900’s when the automobile became the transportation of choice. These are the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (est. 1850), the Chicago & North Western Railroad (est. 1872) and the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Electric Line (est. 1902).  The museum displays many railroad artifacts, photos and ticket agent office. A detailed section on the telegraph system and it’s role in railroad history includes live telegraph keys where visitors can try their hand at sending messages using Morse Code

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1979.

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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia Depot Museum

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The main structure has a gable roof with Gothic brackets while the extension has a flat roof. The station was later abandoned by the CB&Q, who preferred to maintain only a direct route through Aurora.

The station was moved to its current location in 1973 in an effort to preserve it.

Renovations were made to restore the building to its 1919 appearance. The building was placed on a new cinder block foundation. The new lot also had a basement for a furnace to keep the building open during the winter. The Fox River now lies to the building’s east. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1979.

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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia Depot Museum

 

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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia Depot Museum

 

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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia Depot Museum

 

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RELATED LINKS

Exploring Batavia.. click here..
Exploring Home State Illinois.. click here..

Women Artists.. click here..
Home: Public Art in Chicago.. click here..

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