Mackinaw Junction, Illinois, September 1950
Wilma Tolley photograph retrieved from Pantagraph on 21 November 2016.
What's interesting is that the depopulation of the Farm Belt was under way so soon after the War, long before globalization and deindustrialization and the information economy became the Big Phenomena.
The Illinois Terminal’s days as a passenger carrier were coming to an end, as the railroad could not overcome larger social and economic changes sweeping the Corn Belt, mainly those involving the intertwined issues of depopulation, school consolidation and the rise of the automobile. Tolley knew this, as did the train crew and most passengers.The interurban is gone, the mail and the nursery stock no longer travel on the electric cars. Some tracks remain in the streets of Bloomington's warehouse district (itself a casualty of just-in-time logistics?) where truckers obstructed the passage of the cars.