Throughout its history, Galesburg, Illinois has been heavily linked to the railroad industry. The state’s first railroads to connect Quincy and Chicago (the two largest cities at the time) went straight through Galesburg, as did the late 19th century Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.

Though the old stations have been closed down, citizens of Galesburg remain very knowledgeable and proud of their history. Galesburg salutes the railroad’s contribution during the annual Galesburg Railroad Days celebration that is held every fourth weekend of June. This year’s celebration will be held on June 27th and 28th.

There is a carnival, concerts, street fair, railroad exhibits and displays. There is also a hobby train show with more than 200 exhibitions and tables.

As event organizers put it “The Galesburg Railroad Days is not only our grandest celebration, it’s a way to keep alive the stories of our ancestors and those who have laid the tracks for us today. This is our way of continuing to pass down our heritage to our children”.

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