Cameron, Illinois

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Cameron, Illinois
Unincorporated community
Cameron, Illinois is located in Illinois
Cameron, Illinois
Cameron, Illinois
Cameron, Illinois is located in the US
Cameron, Illinois
Cameron, Illinois
Coordinates: 40°53′20″N 90°31′02″W / 40.88889°N 90.51722°W / 40.88889; -90.51722Coordinates: 40°53′20″N 90°31′02″W / 40.88889°N 90.51722°W / 40.88889; -90.51722
Country United States
State Illinois
County Warren
Elevation 771 ft (235 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 61423
Area code(s) 309
GNIS feature ID 405427[1]

Cameron is an unincorporated community in Warren County, Illinois, United States. Cameron is 7 miles (11 km) east-southeast of Monmouth. Cameron has a post office with ZIP code 61423.[2] Cameron is at the junction of the old Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and Santa Fe Railroads, both now owned by BNSF.

Cameron is the site of a 1996 connection track that was built between the former Burlington Northern line and the former Santa Fe's Chilicothe Subdivision, when the two merged to form the BNSF.[3] This track allows both freight trains, along with Amtrak's Southwest Chief to use the Chicago and Mendota subdivisions between Chicago and Galesburg(already used by the California Zephyr), by way of Naperville, Princetonand Mendota. Prior to 1996, the Southwest Chief, and its predecessor, the Santa Fe's famed Super Chief, traveled to Galesburg on the Chilicothe subdivision by way of Joliet, Streator, and Chillicothe.

An EF2 tornado ripped through the town on July 16, 2015; some houses were ripped off their foundations and large grain silos were tipped to the ground. There were no fatalities.