Railroad Day turned Chadwick into an outdoor block party.

The mid-pandemic version of Railroad Day wasn’t much different from what eastern Christian County residents are used to celebrating. This year’s version simply featured a bit more space between the people who mingled and celebrated with a parade, games, live music, slow smoked barbecue and plenty of catching up on the latest happenings with old friends.

Railroad Day also included a 5K run benefitting the Chadwick School Foundation, an event typically held in the spring, but moved into June this time because of COVID-19.

Chadwick residents held the first Railroad Day celebration in 1983 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the town.

Chadwick was founded when the Springfield and Southern Railway Company created a spur off of its White River Branch line to what we now know as Chadwick. The town was named for a railroad engineer, John F. Chadwick. The town boomed as people made money logging lumber and making railroad ties.

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