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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.
Traditional Cornfield Planting
McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; Fences; Croplands; Plants;
This is an example of traditional cornfield planting, with multiple plants per hill and space between hills of corn.
Advertisement of Detasselers
McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Advertisements; World War II; Women
Advertisement and photograph of detasselers during World War II.
Kickapoo Words for the Corn Plant
McLean County, Illinois; Kickapoo Nation; Maize; Tassel; Plants; Indians of North America
The Kickapoo used various words in the diagram to identify parts of the corn plant.
Richard M. Britt
McLean County, Illinois; Farmers; Farming
Richard M. Britt was an early farmer in Mount Hope Township in McLean County.
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.
Recovered Indian Corn Fragments
McLean County, Illinois; Kickapoo; Archaeological sites; Corn; Indians of North America
Fragments of corn recovered from the Grand Village of the Kickapoo in 1972.
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.
Early Moldboard Plow
McLean County, Illinois; Plows; Corn;
This early moldboard plow was used to open new land for cornfields in spring.
McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers;
This drawing of a hand-held planter shows a farmer planting in evenly-marked spaces.
McLean County, Illinois; Land;
Richard Baldridge used land warrants, similar to this title, to purchase his McLean County farm.
Sailors Harpooning Prairie Hogs
McLean County, Illinois; Swine; Satires (Visual works); Cartoons (Commentary);
This satirical cartoon from Prairie Farmer depicts New England sailors harpooning hogs.
Rail Corn Crib
McLean County, Illinois; Corn cribs; Storage facilities;
Rail corn cribs like this one, photographed about 1910, were popular forms of early pioneer corn storage.
Gable Roof Corn Crib
McLean County, Illinois; Corn cribs; Agricultural facilities; Gables;
Corn cribs like this were built for more than a hundred years in McLean County and were among the most valuable structures on many farms.
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.
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...
Dennis Kenyon Farmstead in 1874
McLean County, Illinois; Cabins; Farms; Fences; Homesteading; Sketches
This sketch of the Dennis Kenyon farm appeared in the 1874 Atlas of McLean County.
Karr Homestead, Bloomington, Illinois
McLean County, Illinois; Homesteading; Pioneers; Frontier & pioneer life; Farms; Fences;
The Karr homestead near Bloomington, photographed about 1885, shows an example of what pioneer field and fences were like.
Rear of Typical I-House
McLean County, Illinois; Frontier & pioneer life; Dwellings; Funk, Isaac, 1797-1865
The rear of the Isaac Funk home, and I-house, which was built in 1842.
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.
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