Canton station

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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Station
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot, Canton, Illinois.JPG
Canton station is located in Illinois
Canton station
Canton station is located in the United States
Canton station
LocationAlong 4th Ave. between E. Elm St. and E. Chestnut St., Canton, Illinois
Coordinates40°33′28″N 90°2′3″W / 40.55778°N 90.03417°W / 40.55778; -90.03417Coordinates: 40°33′28″N 90°2′3″W / 40.55778°N 90.03417°W / 40.55778; -90.03417
Arealess than one acre
Built1914 (1914)
Built byChicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
ArchitectSwift, G.B., & Co.
NRHP reference #93000842[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 31, 1993

Canton station is a historic Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad station located on 4th Avenue in Canton, Illinois. Built in 1914, the station was the second built by the CB&Q in Canton since it began service to the city in the early 1860s. The CB&Q was one of two railroads to serve Canton, along with the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad. As the area had few paved roads at the time, the station was the departure point for the city's business travelers, vacationers, and servicemen in World War I and II. Five passenger trains a day, three during daytime and two at night, served the station in its first decade. The station also served freight trains that exported the area's industrial products, which were mainly farming equipment and coal. The popularity of the passenger trains began to decline as roads became better and more popular; as a result, the night trains were cancelled in 1950 and passenger service to the station ended completely in 1961. Freight service also ended in 1980, at which point the railroad had merged into the Burlington Northern; the city bought the station from the railroad in 1989.[2]

The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 31, 1993 as the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Station.[1] It is one four sites on the Register in Canton; the others are the Parlin Library, the Ulysses G. Orendorff House and the Orendorf Site.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Spears, Christopher M. (April 30, 1993). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad Station" (PDF). Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved October 24, 2015.