Elizabeth  Historical  Society

Preserving history in the heart of Jo Daviess County

Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum    

The Depot museum is located in a former

Chicago Great Western Railway station

and focuses on the the railroads of

northwestern Illinois, prioritizing the

Chicago Great Western. 


The Depot Museum has an extensive

library with over one-thousand railroad

books covering nearly every American

railroad from past to present, plus

railroads from many other countries.


Thousands of railroad artifacts are

displayed in the museum's collection.

Numerous N-scale, HO-scale, and G-scale

model railroad layouts operate fully inside

the Depot Museum. 


 Among the interactive exhibits at the

Depot Museum is the 15 minute award

winning film "Memories of the Chicago

Great Western Railway: Aerial View Across Jo Daviess County, Illinois." Filmed from an ultra-light aircraft, this video follows the railroad across the full breadth of the county along with footage from the construction to the abandonment of the Winston Tunnel. This tunnel, a half-mile long, was longest tunnel in the state of Illinois at the time of its building.  If you have a smart phone, go to www.Hub-Monkey.com and choose Winston Tunnel or Chicago Great Western Railway.

History on the Rails

A full-size Milwaukee Road caboose, located next to the Depot Museum, provides a unique addition with even more displays housed inside.

Don't forget to stop by the gift shop, where you will find railroad merchandise of all kinds.

The Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum is located at 111 E. Myrtle Street in Elizabeth, Illinois and is open to the public every weekend from 11:00am until 3:00pm during the months of May through October. We are a Blue Star Museum.    For special appointments please call (815) 858-2343 or email elizabethhistoricalsociety@gmail.com