In 1984, the City of West Chicago Historical Museum in West Chicago, Illinois, published "A Brief History of an Old Railroad Town: An Updated Review of West Chicago" by Frank F. Scobey and Gerald D. Musich.
In order to share the history of West Chicago with a wider audience, West Chicago City Museum (formerly known as West Chicago Historical Museum) will release an enhanced digital version of Scobey's book, chapter by chapter.
Although this book is currently out of print, visitors to City Museum may read the book in our reference library. Visit West Chicago City Museum at 132 Main Street, West Chicago, Illinois 60185. Find us on the web at www.wegohistory.com. Please send questions, comments, or feedback to [email protected]
..And so it came to pass in the year of 1849 that from the belching smoke of the Iron Horse came the breath of life to a new entity in Illinois – a railroad community. The ten-ton Pioneer, a wood-burning locomotive has the distinction of creating a new and successful railroad era in the Fox River Valley and in Illinois.
With the selection of a railroad junction point here, other branch lines sprouted out to join the main line of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. The directors and officials of the booming Galena Road ordered a westward extension from here. Soon after railroad repair and maintenance facilities were built, and Junction became an important and busy railroad center, with trains arriving from all directions.
The railroad companies prospered and Junction or Turner Junction increased in population and development. By 1857 two townsites were platted – the Town of Junction and the Town of Turner, but no one in those far-off years made any attempt to petition the Illinois State Legislature for a special act giving the community a corporation status.