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Society to host program on local transit line Monday

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[November 16, 2012]  The Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society's November membership program will be on Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 114 N. Chicago St. in Lincoln.

Dale Jenkins, president of the Illinois Traction Society, will present a program on the Illinois Terminal Railroad, known as the interurban rail system, that connected small communities in central Illinois with each other and, ultimately, with St. Louis, Mo. The system, in place from 1895 to 1981, was unique in that it used an electric rail.

While covering the history and features of the system, Jenkins' program will focus mainly on a line that ran through the Logan County towns of Union, Lincoln and Elkhart. The information will include pictures and background on the depot in Union, which is one of only two IT depots that still stand as reminders of the old line's trail.

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