Most of the towns in Montgomery County became a reality due to the coming of the railroad. First came the St Louis, Alton & Terre Haute Railroad (known as the Big 4) in the 1850's. Towns along the Big 4 are Ohlman, Nokomis, Witt, Irving, Butler & Litchfield. The Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad (known as the Wabash) came in the 1870's led to Harvel, Raymond & Honey Bend before coming through Litchfield. In 1895, the Chicago, Peoria & St Louis Railroad (known as the Illinois Central) led to Thomasville, Farmersville & Waggoner before Litchfield. Also in 1895, the Jacksonville-Southeastern Railroad (known as CB&Q) led to Barnett, through Litchfield, and Walshville. Also in 1895, the Toledo, St Louis & Kansas City (known as the Nickel Plate) through Fillmore, Coffeen, and Donnellson.