Push to restore historic railroad depot in Chatham


It's one of the few historic railroad depots remaining in Sangamon County. And now a group in Chatham wants to raise money to restore it. A newly formed groups called "The Chatham Railroad Museum Association" says they'd like restore the old depot in the center of town like fixing the roof and other repairs, but it will cost at least $10,000 to do so. The structure, which was built in 1902, is owned by the Village of Chatham, which does not have the money for the repairs. The group has already raised about half of what they believe they need from a few fund raising events - about $5,000 so far. On October 4 the association says they will hold "Chatham Depot Day" --  a free event that will include educational information about the railroad's history while recreating the depot as it was when it opened as the Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot. in the early part of the 20th century. 

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