On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Brookfield Historical Society will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the construction of the village’s historic Grossdale Station, which served as the Prairie Avenue train depot for almost 100 years.
By the 1970s, the railroad was threatening to demolish the Victorian depot. Similar stations at Hollywood and Congress Park had suffered that fate. But in 1981, the Brookfield Historical Society saved the building by physically moving it from its location on the south side of the tracks to its present site at 8820½ Brookfield Ave.
Since then, the society also restored the building and houses its collection of Brookfield artifacts inside. The building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the depot’s construction by Brookfield’s founder, Samuel Eberly Gross, the society will host a celebration outside of the depot, weather permitting, at 2 p.m.
Railroading music will be provided by artist Jeff Lee and Ed Ellis, a former railroad switchman.
The featured speaker at the event will be Brookfield historian and Landmark contributor Chris Stach, who wrote the definitive history of the Grossdale Station, A Handsome Depot, which commemorated the station’s first 100 years.
At the event, the Brookfield Historical Society will also dedicate a brick walkway in front of the station. Anyone who wishes to support the society can order customized bricks for the walkway.
More information is available at the society’s website, www.brookfieldhistory.org.