Congress passed a land grant act awarding 2 million acres of public land to Illinois to build the railroad in 1851. The construction camp was located one mile north of Burkville in Pulaski County. In 1852 the line was extended to Mound City.
In 1891, construction for a railroad yard at Mounds Junction was started. Stuyvesant Fsh president of the railroad declared it the "largest and most efficient yard on the Illinois Central System". Mr. R.C. Cunningham was the first agent of the depot located on Front Street.
An excellent history of the Ullin Illinois Central Railroad Depot has been donated to this site by Mr. Paul Echols. These documents contain history on the town of Ullin. You will also want to read his submission to The National Register of Historic Places .
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The Illinois Central Railroad Online
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Railroad Maps from the Library of Congress
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