721 West Washington Street Pontiac, IL 61764
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|Facility Ownership||Gary Wayne Porter|
|Parking Lot Ownership||Gary Wayne Porter|
|Platform Ownership||Union Pacific Railroad|
|Track Ownership||Union Pacific Railroad|
|20 Long Term Parking Spaces||20 Short Term Parking Spaces||Accessible Payphones|
|Accessible Platform||Accessible Waiting Room||Dedicated Parking|
|Enclosed Waiting Area||Wheelchair Lift|
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The Pontiac station is a brick building with a hipped roof built between 1913 and 1915. The depot is unstaffed but offers a waiting area for passengers. It was originally built by the Chicago & Alton Railroad; however, exact construction date of the current depot is unknown. Two food and beverage businesses are in the privately-owned building, which has recently been renovated.
Time Magazine recently recognized Pontiac as one of the best small towns in the United States. The city’s dynamic downtown area offers brick streets, swinging bridges, beautiful parks, and historic buildings such as the Livingston County Courthouse, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The aesthetically pleasing courthouse was built in 1874 in the Second Empire style. A central clock tower stands 70 feet tall, and each of the four corners also features a dramatic tower.
Pontiac was named in honor of the famed Ottawa chief who led a rebellion against the British in 1763. The city was platted in 1837 and quickly became a center of economic growth. A saw mill was opened the following year, followed by a grain mill in 1851. It became a hub for economic activity because of its location along the Chicago and Alton Railroad line that connected Chicago, Springfield, and St. Louis in the 1870s.
The original route of Route 66, one of the first interstate highways in the U.S., runs through Pontiac. Route 66 added to the community’s industrial and retail development. From 1926 to the mid 1960s, hundreds of thousands of people traversed the legendary highway. The Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum is on the square in Pontiac.
Pontiac boasts several restored historic houses such as the Jones House and the Catherine V. Yost Museum and Arts Center. The Jones House, a Gothic Revival home built in the late 1850s, is the oldest brick home in Pontiac and one of the few remaining pre-Civil War buildings. Tours are available to the public. The Yost Museum, a Queen Anne style home built in 1898, is a local center for performing arts as well as a living museum. Catherine Yost, daughter of Z. F.Yost, the attorney for whom the home was built, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and her paintings now line the walls of the historic home. The lush vegetation surrounding the property provides a haven for visiting songbirds.
Pontiac is the setting of the 1984 film, Grandview, U.S.A., starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Patrick Swayze. It is also the hometown of actress Moira Harris.
Amtrak does not offer ticketing or baggage services at this facility.
Pontiac is served by nine daily trains.