Louisville and Nashville Depot (Nashville, Illinois)

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Louisville and Nashville Depot
Nashville L&N depot in Illinois.jpg
Louisville and Nashville Depot (Nashville, Illinois) is located in Illinois
Louisville and Nashville Depot (Nashville, Illinois)
Location 101 E. Railroad St., Nashville, Illinois
Coordinates 38°20′54″N 89°22′53″W / 38.34833°N 89.38139°W / 38.34833; -89.38139Coordinates: 38°20′54″N 89°22′53″W / 38.34833°N 89.38139°W / 38.34833; -89.38139
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1885 (1885)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85000496[1]
Added to NRHP March 1, 1985

The Louisville and Nashville Depot, located at 101 E. Railroad St. in Nashville, Illinois, is the city's former Louisville and Nashville Railroad station. The station was built in 1885 as part of the L&N's expansion through Southern Illinois in the 1880s. The building has a simple vernacular design common to L&N depots in small towns, which were intended to be functional rather than elaborate. The railroad exported the products of Washington County's industries, which included coal, dairy products, grain, and lumber, through the station; it also imported goods such as automobiles, fertilizer, and commercial products. In addition, the railroad provided passenger service to Nashville; at the peak of service, seven daily passenger trains stopped at the depot, and students in other parts of the county used the trains to attend Nashville's high school. The depot also served as an information center for Nashville; the city's telegraph station was located at the depot, and St. Louis daily newspapers arrived by train. The depot remained in service as late as the 1950s but closed sometime prior to 1984.[2]

The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1985.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Communications Division, American Resources Group, Ltd. (January 18, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: The Old L&N Depot, Railroad Museum, Nashville, Illinois". Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. Retrieved October 7, 2013.