From the Register-Mail:
A who’s who of Galesburg area politics and national railroad experts attended the National Railroad Hall of Fame’s first local induction ceremony Saturday at Knox College’s Seymour Library.
The hall, conceived in 1992, has yet to be built. The college offered the library’s Hermann R. Muelder Reading Room as a location so the Hall of Fame could become more involved in Railroad Days.
“The college, the town, and the railroad are just so intertwined — it really was a win for everyone,” said Knox College Public Relations Director Karrie Heartlein of the hall’s use of college facilities.
State Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, Sen. Dale Risinger, R-Peoria, and Mayor Sal Garza were among those in attendance.
Stephen Douglas, George Pullman, and the citizens of Nashville and West Nashville were inducted for their contributions to railroad history. Each person or group was represented by a descendant or a representative, many of them visiting Galesburg for the first time.