Wadsworth to present at Oregon Depot May 27


OREGON — The Oregon Illinois Depot program for Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. will be presented by Tom Wadsworth of Dixon. Few people are aware of the role of the stagecoach in the formation of this area of northwestern Illinois. Tom will reveal his 11 eye-opening revelations that pertain to the stagecoach era of 1828-1855. Tom is a former minister, radio broadcaster, magazine editor and corporate communications executive, who holds two master’s degrees and a PhD. 

Tom will explain why stagecoaches were Ogle County’s first mode of public transportation, why most area towns are about 10-15 miles apart, the location of the area’s major stagecoach stops, how the stagecoach would run in the winter and at night, why most area towns were established in groves, the problem of stagecoach robbers in this area and what caused the end of the stagecoach in NW Illinois. This will be a follow up presentation to the Jan. 28 program at the depot.

For more information, call Roger Cain, 815-757-9715, Otto Dick 815-440-0639 or Chris Martin 815-742-8471.