Railroad Depot - Lost Creek Pottery
Manito, IL

Brief Description:
Railroad Depot - Lost Creek Pottery
Located on the west side of the railroad tracks, next to the Ironstone Room in the village of Manito, Illinois
Latitude / Longitude
N 40° 25.561
W 089° 46.773
EcoCache ID:
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Submitting Group:
Midwest Cental High School - Teresa Heinhorst
Date Submitted
One of the historic sites of Manito, Illinois. Many people relied on the railroad in Manito's history for transportation and commerce.
Long Description
In the middle to late 1800’s the village of Manito flourished. The reason for this high increase of population was because of the railroad. When first building the railroad, it ran every Monday and Thursday between Egypt Station (now Manito) and Pekin. The Illinois River Railroad Company established the railroad on July 22, 1869 and its purpose was to link Jacksonville to Peoria. It took around twelve years to complete this two hundred thirty four mile railway that zigzagged across the state of Illinois. Three and a half years after it was built, the railway started having problems and it went bankrupt. Peoria Jacksonville and Pekin then bought it, and also failed financially.

Years later, after many economic problems, Samuel Insull bought the railroad in 1922. He then named it the Chicago and Illinois Midland. As other transportation developed, the use of passenger trains slowly decreased. Manito then began building paved roads and people began driving automobiles in place of the passenger train. On May 8, 1953 Manito experienced its last passenger train ride. Today it is now known as Lost Creek Pottery and is owned by Larry and Debbie Kruzan who bought it in February 2005.
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