Mobile and Ohio Railroad Depot

The Mobile and Ohio Railroad Depot is the former Mobile and Ohio Railroad station serving Murphysboro, Illinois. Built in 1888, the station was the largest on the Mobile and Ohio line between St. Louis, Missouri and Cairo, Illinois. The station was probably designed by Philip N. Frew, a railroad employee who designed several other prominent […]

Grange Hall

The Grange Hall in Somerset Township, Jackson County, Illinois, is the historic meeting place of Somerset Township’s chapter of The Grange. Built in 1912, the building was Somerset Grange #1553’s second meeting hall; the first building was built in 1876 and burned down in 1909. The red brick building was built by contractor W. A. […]

Cornelius Hennessy Building

The Cornelius Hennessy Building is located at 1023 Chestnut Street in Murphysboro, Illinois. Built in 1896 and surviving the 1925 Tornado, it was built in a Richardson Romanesque style.  It’s the only remaining downtown commercial building built from locally quarried Jackson County sandstone before 1900.  The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places […]

Jackson County Courthouse

The Jackson County Courthouse, located at 1001 Walnut St. in Murphysboro, is the county courthouse serving Jackson County, Illinois. Built in 1927, the courthouse was the fourth built by the county and the third in Murphysboro. Architect Nelson Strong Spencer designed the courthouse in a mix of the Classical Revival and Beaux-Arts styles (limestone exterior, […]

The Liberty Theater

The Liberty Theater is a historic movie theater located in Murphysboro, Illinois. Built in 1913 as the Tilford Theatre, it was one of five movie theaters in Murphysboro. The theater’s name was changed in 1918 during a wave of patriotism inspired by World War I. In 1938, the Neo Classic style theater was remodeled in […]

Historic Hull House

The William H. Hull House is a historic house located at 1517 Walnut St. in Murphysboro, Illinois. The house was built in 1887 for William H. Hull, a significant local businessman and politician. The house is designed in an asymmetrical Italianate pattern in the Italianate Victorian style. The front facade of the house features a […]

Hamilton House

“The Hamilton house is one of two remaining carpenter Gothic houses in Jackson County, and is definitely the finer of the two. The completeness of the detailing, as evidenced by the exuberance of the bargeboards, the delicacy of tiny balcony, the porches, hood and brackets, attest to the level of sophistication achieved through pattern books […]

Old Elks Building

Murphysboro Elks Lodge, also known as Murphysboro Event Center, is a historic meeting hall and former Elks lodge in Murphysboro, Illinois. The lodge was built in 1916 for Murphysboro Elks Lodge No. 572, which was chartered in 1900. Architect Rudolph Zerse Gill designed the building in the Classical Revival style. The red brick building features […]