Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot
The former Illinois Central Railroad Freight Depot played an integral role in Bloomington's development in the early 20th century. Illinois Central Railroad built it in 1906 and its purpose was solely to facilitate the transportation of freight goods rather than passengers. The depot was therefore designed with efficiency and functionality in mind; there are no decorative elements. In recent years a restaurant operated here but it has since closed. As of early 2017 the building appears to be unused. Given its role in the city's history, the depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
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