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ILNOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD was completed in five years and seven men- [ the world. Laborers were brought Irom as far away as Europe to help build "-_1851 to 1856. It was 705 miles in lenththen the longest railroad in the railroad. Girls Decorcrfed First Train to -'''I Arrive In Cify more ,...o.,., In looking over my relics the li"..., and taste, too! I Yes, now you can quench your king.size thirst wih the r tiuj in a king.size bottl! mn'g Size Cocacol! You enjoy the cold cri taste.,, the cheerful lift,., the whole world loves. And if you want to share.., there's Coke to slmre. For  refreshment value in a king-si bottle, get King Size Coke toyt KIN SIGN OF GOOD TASTE II RAILROAD REPLACED STAGE COACH ERA (Oct. 6, 1938) The generations since 1871, will read about Mount Pul. aski as it was in those days. The editor of the Observer was Frank Sloan. In the following para. graphs will be given extracts from the old paper: The Gilman, Clinton to Spring- field railroad, and the Pekin, Lincoln and Decatur railroad, are fast approaching our town, and should the weather prove fav- orable, the next 10 days will see both roads in Mount Pulaski. We earnestly hope the weather will prove propritious so that we will have ingress and egress to our fair little city, without resorting to the rather ancient method of stage coach conveyance, which in this age, is too slow. (Note--The Pekin, Lincoln and Decatur railroad later became the Peoria, Decatur and Evans- ville railroad, which in after years was taken over by the Illi- nois Central system. The Gilman, Clinton and Springfield line was also purchased by the Illinois Central and is now a part of the system from Chicago to St. Louis, Grmtlng at Salt Creek We notice that the grading of : the Mount Pu] and Lincoln wa road across Salt Creek fiat has other day, I discovered a picture of the first railroad train enter- ing Mt. Pulaski on the old Peor- ia, Decatur & Evansville Rail- road, now a branch of the pres. ent Illinois Central System. They were in a race with the old Gil- man, Clinton & Springfield Rail- road (also now Illinois Central) to build their tracks and reach the Mr. Pulaski Junction first, but lost the race by a few yards, and thereafter had to maintain the crossing. This was in the summer of 1871. Three other girls and myself carried a wreath down to the train and decorated the headlight of the engine. For doing this they sent us each a picture of the decorated engine, which would entitle us to a pass over the road for one year. I had an uncle who resided in Decatur at the time, who lived where St. Mary's Hospital now stands. He was my father's brother, D. S. Stafford, and he patented the first riding culti- vator. I remember visiting him at his home in Decatur, and using this railroad pass. ! I will be 74 years old next month, and this all occurred over 61 years ago. Those were happy girlhood days. I thought this might He of interest to a number of old-time citizens. The engine of the train looked like a toy engine compar- ed to the ones they use today. Respectfully, Mrs. Mary E. Snyder.