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Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Station

1632 Broadway Street, Mattoon

Built 1916


The National Register listed Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad Station (the “Big Four”) in Mattoon was demolished in April of 2004 by its owners. The Beaux-Arts style structure, built for $50,000, served as a railroad


depot for passenger trains and as an office building for railroad personnel for almost fifty years. The City of Mattoon developed around the point of crossing of the Big Four and the Illinois Central Railroad and for much of its history its economics revolved around the railroads. After closing as a station in 1964, the depot was used as a storage facility for many years by a local business. It was purchased in 1983 with the intent of renovation. Unfortunately, no work was done on the property since 1985 and it stood vacant and neglected until demolished.


Efforts to save the nearby Illinois Central Railroad depot (on LPCI’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places 2003 list) continue. See News from the Road for recent developments.












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