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Moline Train Depot to be Demolished

Moline Preservation Society

After seven years, some residents of Moline have given up their long fight to save the old railroad depot. This week, the city is expected officially to sell the 115 year old building to the Illinois Department of Transportation, with demolition probably in the spring. 

Craig Sommers, vice president of the Moline Preservation Society, says it was built in 1900, and was the last "surviving" depot in the city.
And even though they couldn't save the building, Sommers says society members have been able save a few parts.

For example, they salvaged the historic clock on the front of the depot.

He hopes the contractor will allow them to salvage the terra cotta stonework that was around the clock, along with some other items.

The depot will be torn down to make way for the new I-74 bridge. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.