The presence of exceptional rail facilities has greatly influenced Galesburg's development as a commercial and industrial center in Western Illinois. Galesburg salutes the railroad's contribution during the annual Galesburg Railroad Days celebration that is held every fourth weekend of June. This year's celebration will be held on June 23 -26.
Galesburg Railroad Days is governed by a council that meets on a frequent basis year-round to plan new and exciting attractions for our annual celebration of our railroad heritage. What started out as just a demonstration on the railroad has grown into our largest and proudest event.
Throughout its history, Galesburg has been heavily linked to the railroad industry. The state's first railroads to connect Quincy and Chicago (the two largest cities at the time) went straight through Galesburg, as did the late 19th century Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.
Though the old stations have been closed down, citizens of Galesburg remain very knowledgeable and proud of their history. The Galesburg Railroad Days is not only our grandest celebration, it's a way to keep alive the stories of our ancestors and those who have laid the tracks for us today. This is our way of continuing to pass down our heritage to our children.