This former train station served the Rock Island Railroad. See Fairfield railroad history here.
In 1870 the Fairfield city fathers lobbied the Chicago & Southwestern Railroad (which became the Rock Island) to come through Fairfield instead of Ottumwa to provide competition for the C. B & Q.
The Louden Company became one of the largest shippers in the Mid-west.
The Rock Island carried freight and passengers until its demise in 1980. Other parts of the abandoned railroad roadbed are now used for a bike/hiking trail.
The railroad tracks were removed in Oct 2014.
The deluxe passenger rail cars and cabooses you may see belong to Rail Merchants International.
The Walking part of the Tour ends here. Or walk back on Broadway Ave (eastward) and walk into the Post Office lobby at the corner of 2nd Street to see two restored WPA murals, then return to Central Square.
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