First and Foremost, a Railroad Town

Walnut was formed as a railroad stop on the CRIP mainline in 1869.  For generations, the sound of the train whistle was second-nature to our citizens.  In 1953, the Rock Island decided to bypass Marne, Walnut and Avoca with a new mainline, and this had a tremendous effect on our town.  Until 1966 when train service was discontinued entirely, we had a line from Walnut to Avoca/Hancock/Harlan.  Since 1966, the train whistle is only a memory in Walnut.

1900 depot

1900 depot

1915 train west of depot

1915 train west of depot

1900 train arrives

1900 train arrives

1904 4th of July depot crowd

1904 4th of July depot crowd

1920 depot

1920 depot

1925 depot from the south

1925 depot from the south

Building the Viaduct

Building the Viaduct

New Viaduct

New Viaduct

1948 Friendship train Abraham Lincoln

1948 Friendship train Abraham Lincoln

1949 football fans to Iowa City

1949 football fans to Iowa City

1949 Rock Island Freight Cars

1949 Rock Island Freight Cars

1953 Des Moines goodwill tour

1953 Des Moines goodwill tour

depot Sept 1953 last train for the mainline

depot Sept 1953 last train for the mainline

1953 tearing up the track east of town

1953 tearing up the track east of town

 

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