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The Bloomington, Pontiac, and Joliet Interurban Railroad, known locally as the BP&J, was originally designed to connect to the Illinois Interurban railway at Bloomington and Joliet. Due to increasing competition from automobiles and trucks, plus the development of the state highway system, the BP&J only connected Pontiac, Odell, and Dwight, and operated from 1905 to 1925. The notorious rough ride on the interurban led locals to affectionately refer to the line as the “Bump, Push, and Jerk.” More information on the history of the BP&J is available at the Illinois Route 66 Association’s Hall of Fame and Museum.