A major influence on the growth of Bunker Hill was the decision to run the railroad through Bunker Hill. In 1851, ten years before the outbreak of the Civil war, the only mode of transportation in Bunker Hill was by stage coach, wagon, or horse over poorly constructed roads.
In the winter of 1852 and the year of 1853, the first work was done on the new railroad. The railroad was completed in 1854 and the first train came up from Alton loaded with steel rails and ties for the railroad. They call the first train the Tiger, and described it as resembling a threshing machine engine with the smoke stack on the back of the engine.
Photo: Lee and Arthur Sutton - Mail Clerks
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--Cite this story: The Bunker Hill IL Historical Society. "A Look Back in Bunker Hill History." Bunker Hill Gazette-News, September 20, 2012.