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Southwest Suburban Train Station Makes History

September 19, 2010

The Lockport train station is now an official landmark.

The 150-year-old station was added to the National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks during an anniversary celebration Saturday at the station, on 13th Street west of State Street/Route 171 in Lockport.

President Lincoln's funeral procession passed through the Lockport train station in 1865.

During the event, which was hosted by the city of Lockport and the National Railway Historical Society’s Blackhawk Chapter, a plaque describing the dedication was placed near the entrance on the west side of the station.

The station’s biggest claim to fame is that President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession train passed through it in 1865.

“If we can, just for a moment, think of all the faces that have passed through this rail station,” said Alderman Pete Colarelli at the ceremony. “One of the most important events that occurred here was Lincoln’s funeral procession, probably one of the grandest funerals that this nation has ever seen.”

A key stop on Metra’s Heritage Corridor, the Lockport station recently underwent a $1.3 million project to rebuild and expand the parking lot, platforms, lights and fencing.

Built for the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad in 1860, the Lockport train station is an important part of the southwest suburb’s history. It is also one of the longest continuously run train stations in Illinois.

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