Visit the Batavia Depot Museum

A 19th century windmill, similar to the kind found in photograph exhibits at the Batavia Depot Museum.

Would you like to enjoy a fascinating day learning about an eventful era in the history of suburban Chicago? If so, the Batavia Depot Museum is the perfect destination for you.

Constructed in 1854 as a passenger depot for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad, the building remains virtually unchanged today and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The depot brings the past to life for many visitors through its unique exhibits. Below, we discuss three of the most important.

Chicago, Quincy, & Burlington Railroad Exhibit

This unique exhibit focuses on the Chicago, Quincy, & Burlington Railroad, as well as the other railroad lines that served the Batavia area between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s. A streetcar line also came into existence in 1896, and its cars ran twenty times daily between Geneva and Aurora.

The exhibit also features historic photographs, a ticket agent office, railway artifacts, and telegraph keys that allow visitors to send messages using Morse Code. 

Caboose Exhibit 

When you visit the Batavia Depot Museum, you won’t want to miss checking out Caboose #14662. This caboose was built in Aurora in 1907 and retired in 1973. In 1994, it premiered as one of the museum’s choice exhibits.

The caboose has a storied history on the railroads. Here’s why: cabooses on trains once served as the conductor and rear brakeman’s working headquarters. It was here that both men kept an eye on the brake system and checked for hot boxes. The latter refers to axle bearings overheating, which could lead to ravaging fires.

Often, workers slept and prepared their meals in the caboose when a train trip lasted more than a few hours.

U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Company Exhibit

In the 19th century, the U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Company manufactured pumps, windmills, feed mills, and railroad fixtures. The windmills were invented by Daniel Halladay and manufactured by the Halladay Windmill Company in Ellington, Connecticut.

Eventually, the manufacturing headquarters moved to Batavia.

The Batavia salesmen would carry windmill samples west by train and wagon. After a farmer made a purchase, they would telegraph the order back to Batavia. The workers there manufactured the windmill and shipped it in pieces to the farmer, who then took great pains to assemble it properly.

Learn More About Batavia Depot Museum

If these exhibits sound interesting to you, you’ll want to put this popular museum on your list of must-visit destinations.

That said, the Batavia Depot Museum is just one of many cultural attractions near Farmington Lakes Apartments. If you’re searching for a place to call home, contact us today. We’ll schedule a private showing so you can see the inherent value in our leading-edge amenities and luxury living spaces.

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