Dedication honors Fitchburg railroad history
The Fitchburg and Dane County historical societies will honor the early Fitchburg settlement and the Illinois Central Railroad with a dedication ceremony Sunday on Wendt Road.
According to a flyer for the event, the Fitchburg settlement once included a general store, one-room school, post office and a depot of the Illinois Central Railroad as part of a “bustling community of homes.”
The rail depot, which was around from 1888 to 1939, was part of the railroad that ran from Freeport, Ill., to Madison through Fitchburg.
By 1922, four passenger and freight trains passed through the depot daily. The rail bed became part of the Badger State Bike Trail.
Following the dedication ceremony, there will be a celebration at 2:30 p.m. at the Fitchburg Community Center featuring photo exhibits on the history of the railroad and the settlement.