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Where the Rails Cross the River

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Mayor’s Message:  

Thousands of Chillicothe residents and neighbors enjoyed a great fireworks display along the Illinois River on the Fourth of July.  It’s always a perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday and remind ourselves that we live in a great country.  The weather was as good as it gets in July and thankfully, the May flies stayed away!   Thanks – as always – to the Fourth of July Committee and volunteers who work hard so we can enjoy this great show.

As I mentioned at the fireworks display, there’s another big event coming to Chillicothe.  Recently the City and Iowa Interstate Railroad agreed to host a one-day event featuring round trip passenger train rides between Chillicothe and Henry.   The date of the event is Saturday, September 13.   

Rides will originate in both Chillicothe and Henry, and passengers will be able to ride from one community to the other, get off the train for several minutes, then reboard the train for the ride home.  We expect to have food vendors and other concessions at each departure point.   Tickets will be required and passengers can originate their trip either from Chillicothe or Henry. 

Plans are just now getting underway.   More information will be available in the coming weeks on the city of Chillicothe website, local bulletin boards and other locations.  Watch for it . . . and plan to ‘ride the rails’ on September 13.

 Your Mayor,

Doug Crew