St. Louis Division

Flora, IL

B&O Railroad

Milepost: 242.5

B&O Flora Depot

Flora Depot 2017

David Cantrell

Clay County

Northeast corner of State St and railroad

Estimated GPS Coordinates: 38.66763602,-88.48839199

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History

The first depot in Flora was built by the town and then bought by the railroad around 1872. Flora became a primary crossroads for commerce in the area because of the rails that connected from the Mississippi to Wabash Rivers in one direction and the Illinois and Ohio Rivers in the other. Wayne and Clay counties shipped over 137,500 bushels of apples in one season around 1884 as a result of the railroad connections.

Frank Nichols, a local contractor, began construction of the brick Flora Depot in 1916 and finished in the fall of 1917. The L-shaped building faced the Beardstown to Shawneetown tracks on the west side with the East St. Louis to Vincennes rails located on the south side. The depot building is one of two that still stands along the southerly route to the Ohio River. The other is at New Shawneetown. Flora's building is now a museum and designated a Historic Place in the National Register. The museum is definitely worth a visit for those interested in local railroad history.

The crossing was removed when passenger service on the Beardstown to Shawneetown route was discontinued in the late 1950s. The St. Louis route was the more profitable and and passenger service continued until 1973. According to the CSX Illinois Subdivision blog by Michael Monken, the CSX railroad has suspended service between Flora and East St. Louis. The future of this route is not clear.

There was a eight-stall engine house perpendicular to the yard tracks across from the depot for equipment built around 1899. The railroad moved shop operations from Pana after its construction. It burnt in March, 1951. A second building was built over two of the existing pits placed parallel to the yard rails. According to Bob Dagg, former B & O employee and coworker with my grandpa, the railway turntable was rarely used when he worked there and was removed in the early 1970s and the pit filled.

History of Wayne and Clay Counties Illinois, Globe Publishing Co, 183 Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 1884, p. 343, 368 - 369.

CSX Illinois Subdivision History

Flora depot museum

Herald Review depot history

National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, December 1997

1938 Flora Yard Aerial View

Illinois Historical Aerial Photographs

Flora Map

Flora Yard on Quadrangle Map

Flora Track Map

CSXGP15T - Casey Sellers

1938 Flora Yard Closeup Aerial

Illinois Historical Aerial Photographs

Flora 1940 Census Map

National Archives

New B&O Depot at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

Flora B&O Depot

Flora B&O Depot

Flora Depot Front Entrance

Courtesy of Duane Carrell and the B & O Historical Society

B&O Flora Depot

Flora B&O Depot

By Nyttend

Flora Depot 2017

Photo by David Cantrell

Flora Railroad Yard Model at Depot Museum

Photo by David Cantrell

B&O Engine 13 at Flora in 1885

B&O Employees Magazine

9/10/1896, Switch Engine number 13 at Flora
Mat Haga, Robert Taylor, Wm. Maxfield, and W.V. Hettiger

Brandii Engelmeier Newby‎
You know you are from Flora Illinois

1901 B & O Locomotive

Zachary Walters

Eastbound Locomotive at Flora Depot

Photo provided by Jarrod Kohn
Kohn Funeral Home

Train at Flora Depot Looking South East

Brandii Engelmeier Newby‎
You know you are from Flora Illinois

Two Locomotives at Flora B&O Depot

Train at Flora B&O Depot

B&O Locomotive Departing Flora

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers at Flora Depot

Brandii Engelmeier Newby‎
You know you are from Flora Illinois

B&O Engine 1543 at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O Engine 1539 at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O Engine at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O Engine No. 1 at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O Engine 887 at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O N Switch Engine 13 at Flora, IL

Flora Centennial, 1854-1954

B&O National Limited at Flora, IL

Flora Centennial, 1854-1954

B&O Flora Yard on Winter Day

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O Rail Yard at Flora circa 1910

Tony Thomas‎
You know you are from Flora Illinois

Flora Roundhouse Fire March, 1951

Photo on display at Flora Depot Museum

Flora B and O Yards, C and O Locomotive on Siding

Provided by Pete Thayer, taken by Tom Wilson

B & O 3503 at Flora Engine House

Former B&O Engine House circa 2013

Danny Fitzgerald‎
You know you are from Flora Illinois

B&O Accounting Office at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

B&O Superintendents at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

Railroad Rail 1948, US Steel near Flora Depot

Photo by David Cantrell

Flora Depot Facing East

Photo by David Cantrell

Flora Junction with Shawneetown Branch, all that remains

Photo by David Cantrell

B&O Steam Derrick at Flora

B&O Employees Magazine

Wreck at Flora, 1910

From the Ohio to Mississippi
Robert F. Smith

Flora 1973 Track Capacities

B and O St. Louis Division Customers 7-1-1973

Flora 1973 Track Capacities Page 2

B and O St. Louis Division Customers 7-1-1973

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B&O Depot

CPL Flora IL 29 Aug 2009

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