A look back to when Oregon had a passenger train! Lil Eckmann Robinson and Marie Frisch boarding a train at the Oregon depot in 1931, probably going to Madison. This photo was taken by Don McGill.
The Beloit and Madison Railroad (later part of the Chicago and Northwestern) extended the line through the village, giving Oregon an advantage over the outlying settlements. Oregon was an important nucleus of trade, a shipping point for livestock to the Chicago market (1890-1930). At the height of rail activity about 15 carloads per week of livestock went out of Oregon. Grain shipments of wheat and oats numbered about 100 cars/month.