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Mayor Roy Kissell signed a proclamation presented by Ed Oliver of Norris City, designating Monday, November 11, 2019 as War Emergency (Big Inch) Pipeline Day in Norris City. On Monday, a plaque commemorating the completion of the Big Inch pipeline in Norris City on February 19, 1943, will be installed near the Enbridge/Texas Eastern terminal on E. Main St. in Norris City. This historical marker was authorized by the Illinois State Historical Society and Enbridge/Texas Eastern and marks the construction of the War Emergency Pipeline which originated at Longview, Texas during WW2 and came overland 531 miles to connect at Norris City with the Big Four Railroad for transportation to the east coast. Crude oil was also stored in 15 tanks holding 80,000 barrels at the terminal at the time.
The ceremony will be held on Monday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at the terminal. The public is invited.
Historical Marker Dedication at Enbridge-Texas Eastern at 316 County Road 700 N (East Main Street and Illinois Route 1), Norris City, IL
A Dedication Ceremony of an Illinois State Historical Society historical marker honoring the completion of the War Emergency Pipeline at Norris City will be held at Enbridge – Texas Eastern in Norris City on November 11, 2019 (Veterans’ Day) at 2 p.m.
WAR EMERGENCY PIPELINE MARKER
By Edward Oliver
On February 19, 1943 a pipeline was completed from Longview, Texas to Norris City, Illinois.