Knox and railroads go way back…

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

Tom Wilson writes in his “Tracking History” column: [Galesburg] residents staged their first Railroad Days celebration on Dec. 7, 1854, when a small coal and wood burning rail engine christened the “Reindeer” pulled into Galesburg… The chilly winter day at “five points” on South Kellogg Street near the Knox College campus marked the completion of 79 miles of track between Galesburg and Mendota…

Future President [Abraham] Lincoln made his first appearance in Galesburg on Aug. 24, 1858, while switching train connections at Five Points. When Lincoln’s connecting train was running a bit late he chose to walk through the downtown area and receive a hair clipping at a local barber shop… Both Lincoln and Stephen Douglas [arrived] in Galesburg via the rails for the famed debate on the Knox College campus in [October] 1858… Read more…