Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad Depot and Seattle Sutton Museum

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail


The outside of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad Depot that is now home to the Seattle Sutton Marseilles Museum – a museum dedicated to the history of the city of Marseilles, IL.

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Depot was built in 1917 and was active until 1974. Settlers came to Marseilles in the 1830s, and the city grew due to the establishment of this depot, the arrival of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and a Nabisco factory. The Seattle Sutton Marseilles Museum is located inside the actual depot and has exhibits covering residents’ involvement in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and many other town milestones.



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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park in Ottawa, Illinois, was the site of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Stephen...

Trail: Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
State: IL
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In 1960, Bell Telephone began testing its first electronic system for connecting phone calls here in Morris, Illinois. Morris’s Central Office was...

Trail: Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
State: IL
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Trail: Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
State: IL
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