Rock Island Depot and Freight House

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Rock Island Depot and Freight House
Peoria, IL train station.jpg
Rock Island Depot and Freight House is located in Peoria County, Illinois
Rock Island Depot and Freight House
Location32 Liberty St., Peoria, Illinois
Coordinates40°41′18″N 89°35′24″W / 40.68833°N 89.59000°W / 40.68833; -89.59000Coordinates: 40°41′18″N 89°35′24″W / 40.68833°N 89.59000°W / 40.68833; -89.59000
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleNeo-Renaissance, Classical Revival, Italian Villa[2]
NRHP reference #78001180[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 22, 1978

The Rock Island Depot and Freight House is a two-story railroad station and adjacent one-story freight house from the turn of the 20th century. It was constructed in 1899 directly besides the Illinois River in the American city of Peoria, Illinois. The depot and freight house are Peoria's last remaining historic reminders of the importance of railroading in the city's past.[2] The depot was built by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad as the terminus of a major branch line that delivered significant goods and passengers to Peoria. The 1900 opening of the depot was attended by "throngs of populous;" at its height before the depression of the 1880s, Peoria was a transportation hub, rivaled only by Chicago in the Midwest.[2] The station's clock tower was removed in 1939.[3] The buildings were listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

After the end of train service, the building became known as River Station, and has been a restaurant, and afterwards a set of restaurants and bars. Currently the building is occupied by Martinis On Water Street, and The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern. It is adjacent to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c "Rock Island Depot and Freight House," (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, HAARGIS Database. Retrieved 16 April 2007.
  3. ^ Bobbitt, Charles A.; Bobbitt, LaDonna (1998). Peoria: A Postcard History. Arcadia Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-7385-5469-3.
  Former services  
Preceding station   Rock Island Line   Following station
TerminusBureau – Peoria
toward Bureau

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