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Chenoa in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Matthew T. Scott

 
 
Matthew T. Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
1. Matthew T. Scott Marker
Inscription.  Matthew T. Scott made his fortune on the Grand Prairie in the 19th century by developing thousands of acres of farmland. He founded the town of Chenoa in 1855 as a center for his business activities. Although Scott bought and sold over 45,000 acres of Illinois farm land. The development of his personal holdings of 5,000 acres in Livingston and McLean counties was his main interest. To produce maximum yields, Scott had his land drained with pipe tile and 250 miles of ditching. The productivity of this land was a tribute to Scott's planning and ingenuity. Scott's home, constructed in 1855 and enlarged in 1863, was restored in 1983 by his great niece, Elizabeth Stevenson Ives.
 
Erected 1991 by Illinois History Club of Lexington High School and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 40° 44.839′ N, 88° 
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43.081′ W. Marker is in Chenoa, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on North 1st Avenue south of Hamilton Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 227 N 1st Ave, Chenoa IL 61726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Maude Henline (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Memory Lane" (approx. 7.4 miles away); The John Patton Cabin (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Motor Police (approx. 7.9 miles away); Protecting Travelers (approx. 7.9 miles away); Illinois U.S. Route 66 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Livingston County G. A. R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Citizenry Mourn Lincoln (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Matthew T. Scott House on Wikipedia. The house, where Scott and his wife, Julia, lived was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (#83000331). Adlai Stevenson I (U.S. Vice President during Grover Cleveland's second term) often visited the place. Julia once served as President of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the group had a room inside the house during the time she lived there. (Submitted on November 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Matthew T. Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
2. Matthew T. Scott Marker
Marker is in front of the Matthew T. Scott historic home.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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