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The empty concrete buildings fronting the old Santa Fe tracks at Ponemah in Tompkins Township are all that remain of a Standard Oil pumping station complex, constructed in 1905, that once helped propel hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil daily from the Kansas oilfields to an Indiana refinery.

Ponemah: Ghost town along the Santa Fe

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The Ponemah station quit pumping oil in 1953 and its storage tanks were converted to bins for storing government-owned grain. When this photograph was taken in the mid-1960s, the plant had been purchased by the Twomey Company, which used it to store locally grown grain until 1980s.
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A tiny Santa Fe depot still existed at Ponemah as late as 1968.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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