|The actual location of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Chicago Rock Island & Pacific crossing is where the |
tracks of both lines intersect in the area of Section #20 in Bureau County, Illinois, just southwest of Wyanet,
Illinois. David T. Nichols and wife Hulda owned eighty acres directly south of the Junction. The Pond Creek
location served as the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific depot for Wyanet until the new depot at the crossing was
completed in 1875. The earliest account of an agent at the crossing that I can identify, would be my Great
Grandfather, Edward J. Engel. Samuel Crossett arrived at the crossing in 1879 and was the first operator at
the crossing. There are other individuals who also worked at the crossing with Edward and Samuel that are
identified in this page.
Here is an excerpt from Farm & Fireside Magazine dated March 10, 1906
In the railway world this is perhaps the oddest Junction depot. It is know by a double name, which is one of its
unusual features. On the folders of the C. B. & Q. railway it is named the Rock Island crossing and in the time
cards of the Rock Island, it is set down as the C. B. & Q. crossing. Passengers who get off a train at one road to
take the other one on the other, descend or ascend on either an outside or inside stairway as the spirit moves
them. The baggage is lowered in a crude elevator. Just at the head at the upper flight of stairs which lead up to
a small porch is a deep well of the finest water in Illinois. Passengers lower the old oaken bucket and quaff the
cooling fluid which they have drawn with their own hands. But it is the station agent, Samuel Crossett, his wife
and daughter Ina who help make the place more interesting and take away the tediousness of the long wait. If
passengers are hungry they may have a sumptuous meal prepared for them by Mrs. Crossett, whose boiled
dinners are famous in all parts of Illinois. The daughter assists her father in the ticket office and "pounds the
brass" at the telegraph table. This young woman assisted all of her small brothers to and from school by taking
them to Wyanet, two miles distant, on a railway velocipede.
The depot burned down on February 04, 1910, the Rock Island and the Burlington dissolved their partnership of
the crossing and the Rock Island business was moved to the Pond Creek station, just southwest of Wyanet.
Read below and on the next page about the people who worked at the Junction