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Athletic Field, Wright St., University Ave., and Romine St., Urbana, Illinois
Athletic Field, Wright St., University Ave., and Romine St., Urbana, Illinois
Resource Typeimage
TitleAthletic Field, Wright St., University Ave., and Romine St., Urbana, Illinois
Coverage / Year1881
DescriptionWright Street, University Avenue, Romine Street, Urbana, Illinois.
InterpretationThe University of Illinois's first building, dubbed "the Elephant, " was located on this field. When it was demolished in 1881, Regent Peabody recommended selling off the land, as "the future holds no need for space north of Springfield Avenue." University trustees soon turned the field over to the newly formed athletic association. It was renamed Illinois Field in 1896. The baseball stadium, built in 1907, was used until 1986. The Beckman Institute was constructed on the site two years later.
Lesson Plans / ThemesUrban Treasure Hunt
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorMiller, Patricia L.; Illinois Heritage Association
SourceHistory in Postcards: Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois. Willis C. Baker, Patricia L. Miller. Illinois Heritage Association, 1993.
Subject / KeywordsUrbana, Illinois; Champaign County, Illinois; Fields; Athletics
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifieriha00203
CONTENTdm file name463517392002_Image34.jpg
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