This is a photo (#A1765-4) of the Pan Handle Railroad depot at Woodstock, Ohio. Shown is the depot building with a passenger train and passengers. The date of the photo is unknown. The Pan Handle Railroad (Pennsylvania Railroad) was initially chartered as the Columbus, Piqua, and Indiana Railroad in 1850 and completed in 1854. It made stops in Champaign County at Woodstock, Fountain Park, Brush Lake, Cable, Urbana, and St. Paris. Thanks to the efforts of Erastus Martin, a Woodstock resident, the railroad was constructed through Woodstock instead of Mechanicsburg as originally planned. Westbound steam locomotives needed water at Woodstock after the uphill pull from Columbus. A well was dug expressly for that purpose.
Source: Railroad Heritage 1805 – 2005 The Champaign County Preservation Alliance
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The Pony Wagon Town, St. Paris, has a rich history, much of which is preserved by the Champaign County Historical Society. Are your parents or grandparents in these photos? Help us identify them in the comments below! Or visit us and see the photos in person at the Museum, 809 East Lawn Avenue, Urbana.
Looking Back at Champaign County
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