This sign represents my journey from the western part of Illinois to Chicago. The Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad began in 1848 connecting Chicago to the Mississippi River and eventually further west transporting people, goods, grain, and livestock to and from Chicago ever since. I grew up near Galesburg, Illinois one of the stops along the C.B.&Q. Growing up, we’d take the train to the suburbs of Chicago to visit family during the holidays. When I moved to Chicago in 2012, the train became my favorite mode of transportation to visit my family back home for holidays and to just escape “the Big City”. I found this sign a few years ago at a shop back home. The story was the wood was from an old farm shed that had been made out of a C.B. & Q. boxcar. It is a meaningful reminder of both my past and my present lives.
– Megan C