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What Happened at the Train Tracks near Rentchler, IL?

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad had a line running from Belleville to Mt. Vernon, IL (and beyond), that was abandoned by CSX from Belleville to Okawville in 1989 . ( Right of way ) Given the thousands of abandoned railroad corridors we have traced, this one generally seems pretty unremarkable. However, this particular abandoned line had an urban legend associated with it involving twin Albino boys who grew up on a farm near Rentchler, IL. Image: An L&N local meets a Family Lines through freight at Rentchler siding just east of Belleville, IL. ( RRPicutreArchives ) The story goes that these boys were bullied in school for their albinism. The bullying didn’t stop there, and the twins were tied to the tracks and left to die .  It should be noted that there is no evidence that this story happened, and indeed shares many details with similar urban legends. If you'd nonetheless like to read further into this urban legend, Rayzor has an excellent summation of the story. Look

Illinois' Addison Railroad

There were two Addison Railroads that operated in the United States, one in Illinois and one in Vermont, and each had no relation to the other. The Vermont Addison Railroad became part of the Rutland Railroad, and is discussed in another blog. The Addison Railroad (in Illinois) once occupied the large easement on the west side of Addison Rd between IL-64 (North Av) to just north of US-20 (Lake St) in Addison, IL, about two miles in length. Built in 1890, it was incorporated into the Chicago Madison & Northern Railroad , which itself became part of the Illinois Central by 1892. Under the IC, the short spur was simply known as the Addison Branch. Addison Railroad, 1892 . "Illinois Central Train in Addison on “Orphan Home Festival Day.” Courtesy Historical Museum of Addison." "In 1890 five Addison men formed the Addison Railroad Company, Inc. These were William Leeseberg, Louis Stuenkel, Edward Rotermund, Professor Johann Backhaus, and H. Z. Zuttermeister. Stock capit

US Highway 630: Did it Even Exist?

There are many US Routes that are longer than 1,000 miles in length, which isn't surprising given the size of the United States. Most 3-digit US routes are also relatively long, with the shortest one currently being US Highway 730 , between Washington and Oregon, about 40 miles long. But the shortest in history was another of US-30's children, namely  US 630 , at just roughly three miles in length, spurring from US 30 in Weiser, ID, and running south over the Snake River into Oregon. This would have made US-630 the shortest route in the entire system by a considerable margin, as US-530 , the next shortest US highway ever, was 25 miles long.  What is it with the x30 US Highways? All, with the exception of US-330 (present-day IL-38 ) were less than 100 miles in length, and 330 was only about 160 miles long. Only US- 130 and 730 remain today. Back to 630; this map shows the entirety of the three mile route. c. 1927, Rand McNally map via USEnds. It also didn't last very long,