Contact Person: Curator Pa’Ren Sims The mission of the Fairbury City Museum is to preserve, display and promote the history of Fairbury, Nebraska as well as Jefferson County. The Fairbury City Museum has a very impressive inventory of period items that have been donated by friends and families of the community. The Fairbury City Museum, Read more [...]
Place Category: Historic Stops
The two-story Rock Island Railroad Depot is a historic stop that’s sure to impress. The Rock Island Railroad Depot is one of two remaining brick Rock Island Railroad Depots in Nebraska and is the largest depot still in existence between Chicago and Denver.
Of the 36 Rock Island Depots built in Nebraska, the Fairbury Depot is the only one that has been restored to it’s historical integrity. Fairbury’s Depot, which housed the Western Division Headquarters of the Rock Island Railroad, is now a Rock Island Railroad museum.
It houses Rock Island Railroad artifacts and displays memorabilla donated by former railroad employees and their families. When you visit the Fairbury Rock Island Railroad Depot, you’ll see the restored main lobby, ticket office, lounges, and baggage areas. A large model train display is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
The second floor once housed the trainmaster’s office, superintendent’s office, telegrapher and dispatch rooms. These areas have been converted into a conference room, curator’s office, model train room, and restored telegraph room.
The beautiful gardens that once graced the front of the Rock Island Depot have been restored and highlight the Rock Island Railroad Memory Wall, constructed by Endicott Clay Products. The Rock Island Railroad Depot has meeting room space available for special programs and meetings, and also a gift shop specializing in train souvenirs.
Special all-day programs are held the first weekend in June and each December. Museum hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1-5 pm, with tours by appointment. Join us the first weekend in June for Rock Island Rail Days.