Photo 44-BKA-13

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Delong elevator in Troxel when it was owned by Hintzches looks a lot different now

The Hintzsche's purchased the Troxel grain elevator in 1962 from A.H. Wittry & Co who had owned the elevator going back to at least 1930. The original elevator structure was constructed around 1910.

The town of Troxel was created when the Illinois, Iowa & Minnesota railway was constructed in 1904. The railroad ran to the left of the grain elevator shown above, from Aurora to Rockford. The Milwaukee Road eventually owned the rail line and abandoned the section which ran through Troxel in 1947. As with many towns platted by railroads, this one was named after an important member of the railroad company - in this case, the chief engineer of the II&M railroad.

Read more about the railroad here:

https://www.abandonedrails.com/gary-line

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