Railroads

Smithfield Narrow Guage DepotSmithfield Narrow Guage DepotWhile the Northern Cross was the first railroad, the one dear to the hearts of people in Fulton County was their own Narrow Gauge Railway. Before the days of automobiles and highways, Western Illinois was served well by the Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad, known popularly as “The Peavine.” The railroad was built from West Havana, north and west to Lewistown, then to Cuba, Fairview and Galesburg. The Peavine hauled everything from mail and coal to people. Today the former sites of the little depots, where citizens awaited the arrival of the trains are still visible.