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1. The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover 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.

2. Tile, Drainage Tile, Drainage Drainage; Farming; Farmers; Agriculture; History; Champaign County, Illinois Long Ceramic Field Tile. Trumpet-shaped with flared end at the bottom. Tapererd with an enlarged ring and narrow fitting rim on the other end. Hand thrown.

3. Plow, Breaking Plow, Breaking Plowing; Champaign County, Illinois; Farming; Farmers; Prairies; Agriculture; Illinois; Wood and wrought iron plow. Long, tapered, and slightly curved wooden beam with "V" shaped handles attached to the back of the beam. Long dished iron blade held in place with a forged iron screw and iron...

4. Asahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois 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...

5. Automated Corn Planting Automated Corn Planting McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; Tractors In 1995, a tractor attached to an automated corn planter seeds a field. Bags of Ciba seed are used.

6. Champaign County Livestock Marketing Yards, Champaign, Illinois Champaign County Livestock Marketing Yards, Champaign, Illinois Buildings; Champaign, Illinois; Livestock; Farming; Farmers; Farm life; Champaign county Livestock Marketing Yards, 610 Gravel Road, Urbana.

7. Planter, Hand Planter, Hand Farming; Farmers; Appliances; Corn; Agriculture; Illinois; 1. Homemade corn planter, painted blue. No distinguishing marks. Has handle, seed hopper and hand-lever. 2. Wooden planter. Long square body, flat on one side and tapers to a blunt point on the front....

8. Address to the Farmers Address to the Farmers Illinois; Farmers; Farming; Travel; Emigration & Immigration; Illinois Constitution An Address to the Farmers of Great Britain: with an Essay on the Prairies of the Western Country: by Morris Birkbeck: to which is amended The Constitution of the State of Illinois, London, 1822. This address...

9. Cradle or 'turkey wing' scythe Cradle or 'turkey wing' scythe Farming; Equipment; Scythes; Farmers The cradle, or "turkey wing", was used during harvest to cut grain.

10. Yoked Oxen, G.P. Davis Farm Yoked Oxen, G.P. Davis Farm Ox teams; Farming; Farmers; Davis, G.P. The oxen in this photograph were used to farm the prairie on the G.P. Davis Farm, McLean County, Illinois.

11. Flail (harvesting) Flail (harvesting) Flail; Farming; Farmers; Equipment; This wooden flail was used during harvesting to thresh grain.

12. Print, Photographic (threshing scene) Print, Photographic (threshing scene) Threshing; Illinois; Farming; Farmers; Agriculture; Little, Allen Grant; Threshing Ring; Hensley Township, Illinois Photograph. Threshing scene on the Allen Grant Little farm, Hensley Township, Champaign County, Illinois. Image shows a threshing crew operating a steam thresher attached to a blower. Several full wagons...

13. Print, Photographic (threshing scene) Print, Photographic (threshing scene) Farming; Farmers; Celebrations; Threshing; Little, Allen Grant; Wheat; Illinois; Hensley Township, Illinois Threshing scene on the Allen Grant Little farm, Hensley Township, Champaign County, Illinois. Right to left, Allen Grant Little and son Harvey. Charles V. True Jr. (no hat), Wylie True, and Kirker True....

14. Barn Raising Barn Raising Barns; McLean County, Illinois; Farming; Farmers; Celebrations; Construction McLean County, Illinois, men pose for a picture during a barn raising.

15. Richard M. Britt Richard M. Britt McLean County, Illinois; Farmers; Farming Richard M. Britt was an early farmer in Mount Hope Township in McLean County.

16. Marking Cornfield Marking Cornfield McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; This drawing of a hand-held planter shows a farmer planting in evenly-marked spaces.

17. James Wilson Jessee James Wilson Jessee McLean County, Illinois; Civil War; Soldiers; Farmers; Farming A veteran of the Civil War, James Wilson Jessee worked as a farmhand after the war.

18. Stalk Rake Stalk Rake McLean County, Illinois; Raking (Sweeping); Farming; Farmers; Equipment; This 19th century stalk rake was used to remove stalks in the field from the previous year's corn.

19. Granger Protest Meeting Granger Protest Meeting McLean County, Illinois; Farmers' groups; Farming; Protest movements; Railroads; Sketches This sketch shows a protest meeting of Grangers shown in the History of the Grange Movement.

20. Reuben Benjamin Reuben Benjamin McLean County, Illinois; Farmers' groups; Farming; Railroads; Constitutions; Reuben Benjamin works in the Illinois courthouse's law library.
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