Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Dennison, Ohio

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Welcome to Dreamsville U.S.A.  What is Dreamsville U.S.A.?  It is known by its original town name of Dennison, Ohio.  What is so special about Dennison to get the names Dreamsville?

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To answer this question, we must go back to World War II.  America was attacked and was going to war.  Many of the soldiers and war equipment was traveling by train, and many of the trains were passing through a town in Ohio named Dennison.  As the trains stopped here, about four thousand volunteers would come to the depot and serve the servicemen free food.  This is how the name ‘Dreamsville’ came to this town, and the Servicemen’s Canteen was established at the depot to serve those making a great sacrifice for their nation a nice free meal.

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Dennison, Ohio is the halfway point on the railroad line between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio making this town a great stopping…

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