Streator WWII Canteen Monument
The railroad in the city of Streator helped assist the war effort during World War II and a monument was placed nearby to mark the event.
The city was the site of a canteen during the war, where hundreds of volunteers met with soldiers on Santa Fe troop trains and gave them coffee, sandwiches, cigarettes, magazines and more as their trains passed through.
The canteen served more than 1.5 million people in less than three years of service with the busiest day serving 5,500 troops, according to the city's website.
Today, the site at the Sante Fe Burlington Northern Depot on North Illinois Street is a quieter and somber space. The Streator WWII Canteen Monument was dedicated in 2006 to remember the large volunteer effort and the many troops that stopped in Streator.