Du Quoin, IL (DQN)

Laid out in 1853, Du Quoin has been home to a popular state fair since 1923. The fairgrounds are known for their picturesque lakes, winding roadways and grandstand.

20 North Chestnut Street
Du Quoin, IL 62832

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2021): $94,465
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 3,108
  • Facility Ownership: City of Du Quoin
  • Parking Lot Ownership: City of Du Quoin
  • Platform Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)
  • Track Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)

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Regional Contact
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The simple brick and glass station at Du Quoin was modified in the mid 1980s by the city of Du Quoin with assistance from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Amtrak waiting room has a brick half-wall with glass above it. The rest of the building is occupied by the Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce. A caretaker opens and closes the waiting room.

The city of Du Quoin was named for Chief Jean Baptiste Ducoigne of the Tamaroa, an Illiniwek people. Ducoigne was the son of a Frenchman and a Tamaroa Indian woman. In 1800, Chief Ducoigne merged three tribes (the Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Tamaroa) into a new confederacy after a past confederacy was dissolved. The Kaskaskia had a winter camp in present day Old Du Quoin on the Little Muddy River. The camp offered shelter and hospitality to travelers, since the chief himself was of European descent.

The first settler in Old Du Quoin was Jarrold Jackson, who staked out property on the Little Muddy River in 1803, and owned and operated the first toll bridge over that river. Old Du Quoin, never a formal town, grew up around the old Indian camp. By 1840 the Illinois Central Railroad began construction of a railroad linking Chicago to Cairo, Ill. at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. This rail line passed a few miles west of Old Du Quoin; and around 1850, the settlers moved west to be next to the rail station there. Present-day Du Quoin grew up from that newer settlement.

Isaac S. Metcalf and Chester A. Keyes laid out the new town by the railroad in 1853, and named it Du Quoin. In this same year, the first railroad depot was built there.

Coal mining has been an economic motivator in this part of southern Illinois. In 1855 the first shaft mine was sunk near St. Johns, and with the rest of southern Illinois, coal mining became important to the region at the turn of the 20th century. However, since the late 1980s, the coal industry here has suffered significant decline due to the decreased demand for high sulfur coal. Mining facilities continue in operation near Du Quoin still today.

Mining and a vivid imagination led to the development of state fairgrounds in DuQuoin. In 1923, W.R. Hayes visualized a state fair on a 30-acre tract of land. His eye for the future saw the adjoining strip-mined areas as a place to expand, once the fair was established. Hayes founded the “state” fair in 1923 because he foresaw the event as a prestigious, statewide attraction that “would be improved yearly as long as the fair exists.” His prophecy has proven true since the fair has grown in stature and attendance.

Today there are 1200 acres with 12 lakes and ponds (salvaged strip pits), and 30 miles of winding roadways, plus the showplace mansion and stables, the grandstand, and the oval track that yearly showcases harness racing’s World Trotting Derby. The Du Quoin State Fair has been billed as a “state” fair since its beginning, even though during its first 63 years it was privately owned. W.R. Hayes’ foresight has proved accurate once again, since the Du Quoin State Fair, now owned and operated by the state of Illinois, is truly a “state” fair, running second in August to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield (which is also served by Amtrak).

The Illini and Saluki are financed primarily through funds made available by the Illinois State Department of Transportation.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • No payphones
  • No Quik-Trak kiosks
  • No Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
  • Vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • No checked baggage service
  • No checked baggage storage
  • Bike boxes not available
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • No bag storage
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Accessibility

  • No payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • No accessible restrooms
  • No accessible ticket office
  • No accessible waiting room
  • No accessible water fountain
  • Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • No high platform
  • No wheelchair
  • Wheelchair lift available

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
Mon07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Tue07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Wed07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Thu07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Fri07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Sat07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Sun07:00 am - 08:15 am
12:00 pm - 01:15 pm
04:00 pm - 05:15 pm
08:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Ticket Office Hours
No ticket office at this location.
Passenger Assistance Hours
No passenger assistance service at this location.
Checked Baggage Service
No checked baggage at this location.
Parking Hours
Mon24 HOURS
Tue24 HOURS
Wed24 HOURS
Thu24 HOURS
Fri24 HOURS
Sat24 HOURS
Sun24 HOURS
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
No Quik-Trak kiosks at this location.
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
No Amtrak Express at this location.