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Bid approved to move historic depot

A bid of $25,000 from Odie Construction of Kankakee, Ill., was approved by the City of Braidwood, Ill., to move its 1867 historic railroad depot to Main and Center streets this spring, reported the Joliet Herald News.

The depot had been at Route 66 and Illinois 113, but a nearby grocery store wanted the property the depot was on for additional parking. The depot’s new site won’t be on Route 66 anymore, but it will be only a block or two away (map here).

Also, during the city council’s meeting, the Braidwood Area Historical Society provided a $5,000 donation to help defray some of the costs of the depot’s move. Said society President Dee deGroh:

“We’re all about preserving the history of Braidwood,” she said after the meeting. “What better building than the depot? We feel that by making this donation, it states we are certainly behind the city’s decision to keep the building, and move it, and put it in a nice prominent spot.”

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