Establishing Carbondale

Old Train Depot

In August 1852, Daniel Harmon Brush, John Asgill Conner, and Dr. William Richart bought 360 acres of land along the right-of-way for the Illinois Central Railroad with the intention of founding a new town. The site chosen was conveniently located between Marion and Murphysboro and between proposed railroad stations at Makanda and DeSoto. The town was platted on November 27, 1852. Not only was the railroad the determining factor in the location of Carbondale, but it was also to be of great importance in the development of the town and of Southern Illinois. View our History of the Railroad page for more information on its part in the development of downtown.