The Greenville Public Library will host John Coleman as he speaks on “The Fascinating History of the Railroad in Greenville and Bond County” this April. Coleman gave WGEL a preview of the presentation.
“There were four railroads that came through the county,” Coleman said. “The biggest one was the Pennsylvania Railroad which originally started as the St. Louis, Vandalia and Terre Haute. Then there was also the Nickel Plate that went through Sorento, and there was the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, which went through Sorento to Smithboro to Keyesport.
“And then there was another little bitty railroad that was called the Chicago, Greenville and Southern, which didn’t go to Chicago and it didn’t go south of Greenville, so it’s a funny little railroad that went from Durley Campground to Greenville…I’m going to talk about the history of those, I’ll have some pictures, I’ll have some artifacts and some other stories to talk about, too.”
The event will be held Thursday, April 10 at the Bradford Room at 7:00 p.m. Cost to attend is an $8 donation which includes refreshments. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Greenville Public Library or from library board members. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Library’s Summer Reading Program.