The Wabash Railroad was busy making its own changes in the early part of the century. The St. Louis World’s Fair created tremendous rail passenger activities for the Wabash as it promoted the event to all its potential customers. It had tracks into the fairgrounds and a large station to accommodate passengers.
The Railroad built a new station in every little town along the line to help promote a way to get to the great world’s fair. Lichfield had a depot made of wood at the time. In 1914, a new larger brick structure was constructed. At one point, five railroads provided passenger service to Litchfield and all had the depots on their property.
Today only the elegant Wabash depot remains to remind us of the level of investment and service the railroads brought to Litchfield. The Wabash depot remains standing today as a monument to that railroad’s significant role in the community.
Courtesy: “Litchfield, Illinois: Celebrating 150 Years”