Union Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Union

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The Illinois Railway Museum is in Union, Illinois, a town sixty mile northwest of Chicago and thirty miles east of Rockford. It is the largest rail museum in the United States. The Illinois Railway Museum was founded and is still run primarily by volunteers. They have made it their mission to educate the public about the role that railroads have played in both Chicago's history as well as the development of the entire United States. They have done this by preserving electric and steam locomotives on over 1.5 miles of enclosed track and 6 miles of open track in their ever expanding museum.

The idea for the museum was first conceptualized in 1941, when a group of Chicago volunteers wanted to save some historic electric rolling stock. For the next twenty years they collected and preserved select electric locomotives and eventually, in 1964, opened the Illinois Railway Museum on its present site... read more arrow
McHenry County is located in the U.S. state of Illinois, a part of the area. Long known as a hub of agriculture and recreation it houses a major historic attraction. McHenry County Historical Society and Museum in Union, Illinois was first officially opened to the public back in 1976. Its a historian's delight and comprises of several relics like a 1885 town hall (more famous as Perkins Hall), a 1847 log cabin, and an 1895 one-room school which was used for c.1900 education programs. It also houses a modern 20th Century tourist cabin. A local history research library was added in 1982.The society also acquired Pringle School, situated on River Road. The limestone building is now in the restoration process.

The society not only maintains the county Museum but also makes available traveling exhibits, plaques historic structures and sites, holds useful and informative classrooms and workshops for adults and arranges a great variety of school programs... read more arrow

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