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The 1st Pekin Train Depot, est. circa 1850, photo around 1900.

The beginning of the end for old Pekin,…the New Albany & Salem Railroad reached Salem on January of 1851 and by 1854 the town of Old Pekin had largely moved to New Pekin, centered around the railroad tracks.

Pekin Depot
Contributed by Washington County Historian Jeremy Elliott of the Stevens Memorial Musem