Your first stop in Arcola should be the Visitors Information Center located in the historic Illinois Central train depot, built in 1885. The Arcola Chamber of Commerce is headquartered in the depot, ready to assist you with information to make your visit to Arcola a memorable one.
Visitor Center Hours
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday – Saturday
Historic Illinois Central Train Depot
135 N. Oak Street
Arcola, Illinois 61910
Phone: 217-268-4530, Fax: 217-268-3690
In addition to tourist, business, and community information, the Visitors Center invites you to enjoy its museum displays of railroad memorabilia, the Raggedy Ann doll collection and the Louis Klein Collection of antique brooms and brushes in the United States, along with other interesting Arcola relics and keepsakes.
The City maintains an area of green space in the downtown area between Jefferson and Washington streets along Oak Street, highlighting the historic Illinois Central Depot. In the late 1980s, the interior of the Depot was renovated and converted to serve as the Arcola Welcome & Visitors Center and the home of the Arcola Chamber of Commerce. Further renovations were completed in 2006 to make necessary repairs and add handicapped accessibility.
NOW OPEN! Arcola A Walk Through Time Museum.
Featuring lots of history on Raggedy Ann and Andy. Originals by Johnny Gruelle and R.B. Gruelle. A Local Heroes’ section displaying Vietnam War memorabilia.
Hispanic display featuring Arcolas’ rich history. Arcola Industrial Display. Arcola Tradition of Excellence in Sports. Walldog Murals in Arcola display. History of the Railroad. Old Arcola Display. River to Rail Display. Aikman’s Wildlife Adventure Display.
Museum is enter for a donation only at this point.