Did you know northern Illinois is home to “The World’s Shortest Railroad”? Built in 1914, the Illinois Midland Railway connected two small towns barely two miles apart: Newark and Millington. Originally planned to a 120-mile railroad across northern Illinois, financial issues resulted in just 1.962 miles of rickety track being built. That didn’t stop the local townspeople from using the railroad, though!
Join the Oswegoland Heritage Association and author Jeff Kehoe as he discusses this amazing story and learn what ultimately happened to these tiny train tracks.