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Come to Menard for the 100-Year Celebration of the Frisco Railroad's Arrival in Town
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 9, 2011

The Menardville Museum will be open from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on February 11 to celebrate the Frisco Railroad train arriving in Menardville 100 years ago. A program with comments from local families will be at 3:00 p.m. To assist visitors, Menard Historical Society members will be stationed in the two waiting rooms, the main room, and the freight room of the railroad depot. The Beyer's steam-run shop will also be open. Refreshments will be served.

The town's name was shortened from Menardville to Menard because the railroad company said it was too long to go on signs. The ranchers furnished the right-of-way land, Menardville people provided $10,000 to build the depot, and Frisco Railroad paid $320.50 for the depot property.

The Frisco Railroad was extended from Brady to Menardville with the first train arriving on February 10, 1911. It was bought by Santa Fe Railroad in the 1940s. After 62 years of service, the train service stopped on June 19, 1972. The depot building was donated to Menard County and is now Menardville Museum. Menard Historical Society operates the facility.

Please join us for our celebration on February 10 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Menardville Museum depot located on north highway 83 and highway 190.

For more information or museum tours, please contact Katherine Kniffen (396-2245) or Bill Potter (396-2619).

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