A freight train wreck occurred near Delavan, Illinois in 1886 on the Chicago, Alton, & St. Louis railroad. Notes on the back indicate E. D. Shaw took the photo in May of 1886.
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On March 30, 1938, a family of three to five tornadoes moved across central and west central Illinois during the afternoon. The worst damage from the outbreak occurred in South Pekin, where three city blocks were leveled, including extensive damage to the Chicago & Northwestern rail yards.