Old Shawneetown, IL

L&N Railroad

Milepost: 423.04

L&N Old Shawneetown Depot

Shawneetown L & N Depot 1950s

Photo provided by Gallatin County Historical Society

Shawnee Township

Gallatin County

St. Louis and Southeastern Milepost: 41

From west to east between McKinley 4th St. and Grant 3rd St
From north to south between Locust and Market

Estimated GPS Coordinates, Click For Map: 37.69225541705243,-88.14016163349152


Shawneetown was the L & N's last stop on the 41 mile track from McLeansboro to the Ohio River. Connections from the railroads could be made to the Norfolk and Washington, DC Steamboat Company Steamers on the Ohio River that were part of the Evansville, Paducah, and Cairo Line owned and operated by the Tennessee and Ohio River Transportation Company.

Maps from the late 1800s show that the L & N had an engine house and roundtable.

During the late 1950s, the L & N depot building was moved to New Shawneetown.

The next 5.3 miles of track that extended to the west side of the town of Junction were shared between the two railroads. According to the Sentinel 2nd Quarter 2015 Magazine, the B & O agreement to perform track maintenance while sharing the cost with the L & N dated back to the 1870's.

B & O Sentinel Magazine, 2nd quarter 2015

People of the State of Illinois et al., Petitioners, v. United States of America and Interstate Commerce Commission,respondents, 604 F.2d 519 (7th Cir. 1979)

1938 Shawneetown Aerial View

Illinois Historical Aerial Photographs

1893 Old Shawneetown Railroad Yard Layout

Ghosts of Old Shawneetown Illinois

Bowlesville Connected to Shawneetown Via the O&M Railroad

Atlas of the State of Illinois by Warner & Beers
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

1899 Shawneetown Map with Depots

Library of Congress Sanborn™ Maps

1899 Shawneetown Map L & N Depot

Library of Congress Sanborn™ Maps

1893 Old Shawneetown L&N Roundhouse

1893 Old Shawneetown Map showing L&N and O&M Depots

Old Shawneetown Railroad Yard in 1940

Old Shawneetown Railroad Yard Aerial

The U.S. National Archives

L & N 1165 at Shawneetown, 1946

L & N Fans Worldwide Facebook Group

1937 Flood, before levee overflow at Shawneetown

Photo by US Army Air Corps

L & N Depot Behind Tree
1937 Flood

SIU Morris Library

Shawneetown L & N Depot after 1937 flood

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USF341-T-010677-B

Shawneetown L&N Depot

Relocated and Restored Shawneetown L & N Depot as residence 2017

Photo by David Cantrell