Looking Back: Westville Railroad Depot


By Ward Lutz



This photo is of the Westville Railroad Depot (circa 1900) with an unidentified passenger (#A1562, Champaign County Historical Society collection).


Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Society.

The Westville Railroad Depot was located one-half mile south of Westville on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Freight and passenger services were available at the depot. In the photo, note the Adam Express Company sign on the side of the depot. In this time period a person in Westville used a team and wagon to haul freight to and from the depot.

There is a sign over the door indicating the availability of telegraph service in the depot. The depot at this time was the community’s access to the world for goods, travel and communication. It is interesting to compare and contrast how communities today access the world. Related photos are #A1610 & A1686 in the collection of the Champaign County Historical Society, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that preserves, protects, archives and displays the artifacts that tell Champaign County’s history.

The historical society operates on donations and dues and has a free public museum of history on East Lawn Avenue in Urbana

This photo is of the Westville Railroad Depot (circa 1900) with an unidentified passenger (#A1562, Champaign County Historical Society collection).
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/09/web1_Westville-RR-Depot.jpgThis photo is of the Westville Railroad Depot (circa 1900) with an unidentified passenger (#A1562, Champaign County Historical Society collection). Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Society.

By Ward Lutz

Ward Lutz is a member of the Champaign County Historical Society.

Ward Lutz is a member of the Champaign County Historical Society.

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