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Map, McLean County Railroads in 1860
McLean County, Illinois; Railroads; Maps; Townships
This map shows the path of railroads through McLean County in 1860.
Map of timber landscape in McLean County, Illinois
McLean County, Illinois; Logs; Prairies; Forests;
Before McLean County was settled by whites in 1822, eleven percent of McLean County was timber and the remainder was tall prairie grass, as shown in this map.
Steam Engine in McLean County about 1875
McLean County, Illinois; Steam engines; Railroads; Railroad locomotives;
A steam engine in McLean County about 1875.
Map, McLean County Railroads in 1900
McLean County, Illinois; Maps; Grain elevators; Railroads
This is a map of McLean County railroads and grain elevators in 1900.
Corn Exhibit Photograph
McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Galleries & museums; Exhibitions;
A photo of the 'Just Corn: The Amaizing Story' exhibit inside the McLean County Museum of History in 1997. Panels of related photos and logos of seed companies are shown.
Land Surveyor's Notes in McLean County
McLean County, Illinois; Surveying;
These notes from a federal land surveyor provide the earliest detailed record of McLean County land.
Asahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois
McLean County, Illinois; Millionaires; Farming; Gridley, Asahel; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Farmers
Asahel Gridley, McLean County's first millionaire, had much to say about early farming. Gridley is recognized as one of the first citizens to arrive in Bloomington, Illinois. He arrived there in 1831 and...
Kickapoo Dwelling (Bark Hut)
McLean County, Illinois; Kansas; Kickapoo Nation; Dwellings; Indians of North America;
After leaving McLean County, the Kickapoo fled westward. This dwelling was photographed in Brown County, Kansas, about 1906.
Husking Corn By Hand
McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Employees; Migrant agricultural laborers;
A migrant worker husks corn by hand in a cornfield in McLean County about 1910.
University of Illinois Airport
Airports; Airplanes; Buildings; Champaign County, Illinois; Champaign, Illinois;
University of Illinois Willard Airport, Champaign.
Champaign County Jail, Urbana, Illinois
Buildings; Champaign, Illinois; Urbana, Illinois; Jails; Prisons
Champaign County Jail, 201 E. Main St., Urbana. Crowds toured the new Champaign County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence, March 1905. The residential portion fronted Main Street and the jail’s west entrance...
'Madison' Projectile Points
Mississippian Indians; Equipment; Point, Projectile; Arms & armament; Illinois; Indians of North America; McLean County, Illinois; Cahokia, Illinois
Four small to medium-sized thin triangular arrowheads. The points are usually like isosceles triangles in shape, or more rarely, equilateral triangles.
McLean County, Illinois, Street Scene
McLean County, Illinois; Winter;
This photo shows winter in McLean County, Illinois.
Wisconsin Dells Excursion
McLean County, Illinois; Transportation; Travel; Entertainment;
A group of McLean County, Illinois, residents take a boat excursion in the Wisconsin Dells.
Kickapoo Grand Village Monument
McLean County, Illinois; Kickapoo Nation; Monuments & memorials; Indians of North America;
A historical marker was placed at the site of the Grand Village of the Kickapoo in Ellsworth, Illinois, by the McLean County Historical Society in 1905.
The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover
McLean County, Illinois; Books; Book covers; Farming; Farmers; Corn; Frontier & pioneer life;
This cover from The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County by William D. Walters Jr. covers corn farming from Native Americans to present.
McLean County, Illinois; Land;
Richard Baldridge used land warrants, similar to this title, to purchase his McLean County farm.
Oxen on Turn-of-the-Century Farm
McLean County, Illinois; Ox teams; Farms; Plows
Oxen, like this team on a turn-of-the-century McLean County farm, were slower than horses but more suited to heavy tasks like prairie breaking.
Trimmed Hedge in Old Town Township
McLean County, Illinois; Hedges (Plants); Fencing
This hedge in Old Town Township, McLean County, is one of the few surviving examples of traditional trimming in the county.
McLean County, Illinois; Frontier & pioneer life; Agriculture; Funk, Isaac, 1797-1865; Politicians
Isaac Funk, an early settler of McLean County, played a large role in agriculture. He was also a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives in 1840 and a member of the Illinois State Senate...
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