On July 11, 1853, the first train pulled into Kankakee on the Illinois Central Railroad. As a result, Kankakee became a prominent point in the Midwest and hosted the traveling feet of prominent people as well as witnessed millions of hellos and goodbyes. Today, the train whistles still sound.
The Kankakee Depot was rebuilt in 1898 and meticulously restored one hundred years later to preserve its original construction. Today it sits downtown and is considered to be the premier place for community gatherings and celebrations.
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