FAIRBURY – History came alive this past weekend in Fairbury giving people a chance to look back in time. Rock Creek Trail Days was held at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, which sits southeast of Fairbury in Jefferson County.
Activities included black powder gun demonstrations, a Pony Express run, wagon rides, a military skirmish, and demonstrations of various period trades.
Rock Creek Station was established in 1857 along the Oregon and California trails. It was a supply center and resting spot for westward emigrants and later became a Pony Express relay station.
The Rock Island Railroad Museum also had a busy weekend as it held it’s annual Rock Island Rail Days. The two-day event included free games for kids, miniature train rides, a model railroad, and historical displays. For 100 years, the Rock Island Railroad Depot connected Fairbury to the rest of America.
Fairbury’s railroading and Pony Express days may be over for the most part but you can certainly stay connected to its history with a trip to Jefferson County. The Rock Island Depot is open Friday – Sunday from 1-5. and Rock Creek Station is open year round. For more information, go to the website visitoregontrail.com