Momence Railroad Depot

History of the Momence Railroad Depot

The old Depot and freight station in Momence was built in 1881, with the original three-room frame building still in daily use until December, 1960. Originally, the station was used by the Three I (Illinois, Indiana and Iowa) Railroad and operated for about 20 years prior to the New York Central taking charge in the early 1900's. A freight station exclusively since 1936 when passenger service was dropped here, the depot was once the site of bustling activity, particularly when the railroad was conducting regular excursion trips into South Bend, IN and Niles, MI. In 1960, about eight trains were served daily by the local office, with station agent C.A. Kennedy handling the operations alone.

Starting December 20, 1960, a new freight service, labeled as the centralized agency system went into effect on the NYC, and the days of the local depot was terminated. As a New York Central veteran of 35 years service, including eight at Momence, Mr. Kennedy began his new duties as a railroad representative under the new system. The old depot was retained in case the ever-changing business operations should again necessitate its use. The building was acquired by Bill and Phyllis Munyon, and was fully restored to contain railroad artifacts, military memorabilia, and hundreds of photos of area military veterans.

Current Photographs of the Depot

Momence Depot exterior

Exterior

The exterior of the Momence Depot as it stands currently.


Bill Munyon at Depot

Bill Munyon

Bill Munyon shares his wealth of knowledge during an event at the Depot.

2017 Schoolhouse re-dedication

Heritage Day Event

Matt and Kendra Sandstrom at the Depot for the 2017 Heritage Day celebration.


Wall of military veterans photos at the Depot

Area Military Veterans

One of the walls in the Depot covered with photos of area military veterans.