Aurora Historical Society to host Burlington Railroad 175th anniversary banquet July 28

The Aurora Historical Society will hold a Burlington Railroad 175th anniversary banquet program from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora.

The public is invited. Admission by July 16 is $75 for historical society members, $85 for nonmembers. After July 16, admission is $90 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

The event opens at 4 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. At 4:30 p.m., executive director John Jaros will give a slide presentation chronicling the railroad's history. A buffet dinner will follow at 5 p.m.

The event will close with a screening of the 1934 movie, “The Silver Streak.” The film spotlights the Pioneer Zephyr's record-setting 13-hour run from Denver to Chicago.

Reservations are being accepted at Call (630) 906-0650 for more information.

The Aurora Historical Society is hosting “Aurora and the Burlington Railroad: Celebrating 175 Years Exhibit” through Aug. 17 at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 East Downer Place on Stolp Island in downtown Aurora.

Artifacts include photos, a handcar, various sets of keys, signage, a bell from Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) Railroad Steam Engine #4956, and two pieces from locomotives involved in the 1964 train wreck in Montgomery, to name a few.

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