LASR.net Homepage




Menu


Rock Island Depot Museum


category : Museums
Rock Island Depot Museum The historic two-story Rock Island Depot, which housed the Western Division Headquarters of the Rock Island Railroad, is now a railroad museum. It houses Rock Island artifacts and memorabilia from Rock Island railroaders who worked out of Fairbury and the area. The depot is one of two remaining brick RI depots in Nebraska, and the only RI depot of the original 36 in the state that is preserved as it was when it was built in 1914. As the Western Division headquarters, all Rock Island trains west of Chicago were dispatched from the depot.


With its large main lobby, ticket office, lounges, and baggage areas, the museum offers room for special programs and meetings, and is home to a working model railroad setup. Get acquainted with the men who made the Rocket race across the country and learn about the life of a railroader. See the baggage room, which looks just like it did when the Rock Island closed the depot's doors in 1980, complete with scales and baggage carts. A gift shop specializing in train souvenirs is also housed in the museum. The upper level of the building is under restoration, but tours are available to see the trainmaster's office, superintendent's office, telegrapher and dispatcher's rooms "in the rough". They will eventually become a children's interpretive area, conference room, curator's office, model train room, and restored telegraph room.


The splendid garden in front of the depot is a spot of beauty, highlighted by the brick RI memory wall. Special all-day programs are held the Saturday before Christmas, the first weekend in June and during Germanfest in September.



Hours: Hours for the museum are 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Tours by appointment.
Address: 2nd and I Streets
Phone: (402) 729-5131
Our Email: fairburyridepot@alltel.net

Come visit us in Fairbury, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

I.0.0.F. Temple Building

What is today known as the Ackerman Building was originally called the I.0.0.F. Temple Building. It was the first building downtown to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building housed the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 54 and was built in 1894-1

Fairbury, NE National Register

Carnegie Library

In 1907, the Fairbury community received a grant of $12,500 from Andrew Carnegie. Ground was broken on October 5, 1908, and the library opened to the public December 10, 1909

Fairbury, NE Carnegie Libraries

Campbell Bros. Circus Mural

The Campbell Bros. Circus and other highlights of historic Fairbury are captured on this mural on the side of Globe Rexall Drugstore in downtown Fairbury.

The picture was created by Echo & Jeff Easton & Greg Holdren. The scene is 140 feet long & 38

Fairbury, NE Arts

Historic Homes Tour

1112 C Street: American Foursquare home built in 1902 by B.G. Dawson.

1016 D Street: Gothic-Georgian Revival 1910 Showhouse built by architect W.F. Gernandt.

822 E Street: Italiante home built in the 1870s.

1007 E Street:

Fairbury, NE Tours

Campbell Bros. Circus -1885 to 1913

"Above the roar of the lions, the music of the calliope, and the laughter and chatter of the throngs of people, the cries of the circus barker were heard throughout the towns and cities where this great circus performed."

"

Fairbury, NE One Of A Kinds

Things to do Museums near Fairbury, NE

Cass County Historical Society Museum

Tells the history of Cass County since 1854, the year the county was opened for settlement. Permanent displays de...