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Illinois Central Railroad

Illinois Central Railroad

Originally chartered in 1851, the Illinois Central Railroad connected Chicago and Galena, Illinois with Cairo at the state's southern tip. After the Civil War it grew southward, and eventually stretched to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans. The railroad's presence in central and southern Illinois diverted the trade of these regions from St. Louis, which farmers and entrepreneurs had formerly reached by river transportation, to Chicago.

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