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Re: [CBQ] West Aurora depot/frt house

Subject: Re: [CBQ] West Aurora depot/frt house
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:59:41 EDT
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Interesting theory that might be correct.But......
There was a long standing rumor among Aurora Div. employees who were  
interested in the company history that the building was an old depot moved from 
River St. 
While I'm still doing research here's what I've learned using Baldwins  
History Vol 1,Aurora Centennial booklet from 1937, Overtons Burlington Route, W 
 Eola tower movement reporting sheets(thanks again Russ),corporate trk 
diagram  and other sources. I can't yet say if the old rumor or the C&I depot 
theory  is correct.
Here goes: The trk engineering drawing I have shows the Q received trackage 
 rights down Middle Ave in 1882.
My research reveals the C&NW was building down the river from Batavia  at 
this same time.
According to the 1937 centennial book there was a West Aurora  depot " a 
little west of the gas works which later was changed to South  Aurora". My 
oldest TT is 1918 and lacks any reference to either name.
The 1951 West Eola sheets sometimes show the switch job as the "Alley Job"  
and then sometimes as "West Aurora". I'm sure they are the same as the 
Irish  Mail is shown seperately and  by the engine #
Using Baldwins History and the Aurora Centennial booklet there's a very  
interesting story of why the Chicago and Aurora crossed the Fox River in 1852  
just south of Stolps  Island even though the charter specifically states  
the extension is "to cross no further south than the mill dam" which was in 
the  middle of the island. 
That tidbit will be included in the article along with intrigue by  some 
Cotton Mill owners with the C&NW. 
Also I have not found any reference to South or West Aurora in "The Great  
Burlington Strike of 1888" by McMurry.
The search continues. 

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