Kankakee & Seneca

Train Station Kankakee and Seneca Railroad Bonfield, Ill This is a mixed passenger and freight train

Kankakee & Seneca

Welcome To Alcoholics Anonymous - Kankakee, District 52, Area 20. Answering Service 24/7. AA Meetings in District 52. Kankakee County Administration Building 189 East Court St. Kankakee, IL 60901. Phone: (815) 937-2990 Fax: (815) 939-8831 Email: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday Site by RED. In 1881, the Kankakee and Seneca Railroad began construction of a new 42 mile connector route, southwest of Chicago. By 1882, the railroad would be completed. In Kankakee, it would connect to an Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Railroad line; which would eventually become the New York Central in 1914. Apartments for Rent in Kankakee, IL. You searched for apartments in Kankakee, IL. Let Apartments.com help you find the perfect rental near you. Click to view any of these 6 available rental units in Kankakee to see photos, reviews, floor plans and verified information about schools, neighborhoods, unit availability and more.

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Seneca, Illinois Kankakee and Seneca Railroad Tracks

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Blue Line Marks the Course of the Kankakee and Seneca Rail Road

In 1881, the Chicago and Rock Island and the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and Saint Louis Rail Roads incorporated a joint venture to build a line between Kankakee and Seneca, Illinois. The K and S had its own crew and agents. Villages along the line included: Bonfield, Freilings, Union Hill, Coster, Gardner, Booth , Mazon, Wauponsee and Langham.

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The K and S was a single track, standard gauge steam line. The track between Kankakee and Seneca was 42.2 miles. It also had a yard and side tracks totaling 6.7 miles. There were train stations in Bonfield, Essex, Gardner and Mazon. Only one of these still exists. This was at Bonfield. It was built in 1881. Its dimension were 50 feet in length; 20 feet wide; 16 feet high. There was a peaked roof. When the line ceased operations during the depression, the village sold the building to a local farmer. He moved it to his farm and used it a tool shed. The current owners of this farm offered the village the former train depot.

The K and S offered passenger and freight service. However, like many other businesses during the depression, it ceased operation and was abandoned on February 24, 1933. There is very little evidence of the existence of this train line.

Remnant of the K and S Line

It has been said by many that “The river is Kankakee County’s biggest asset.” The future growth and economic vitality of the Kankakee region is dependent upon the Kankakee River. The River Roundtable is a grassroots organization formed to:

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  • evaluate the many ways the river is integrated within the community,
  • identify barriers and threats
  • formulate a comprehensive and integrated community approach to enhance and maximize this true community asset.

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The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County and the Community Foundation of the Kankakee River Valley initiated the River Roundtable and served as co-conveners for this effort. This committee is comprised of volunteer community residents interested in a wide array of issues concerning the Kankakee River. The Roundtable includes elected and governmental officials, riverfront property owners, environmental stewards, developers, and recreation enthusiasts, among others.

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