The Coliseum Ballroom on Route 66 was a hopping place on Saturday nights. Benld's ballroom boasted the biggest dance floor between Chicago and St. Louis. People gathered from throughout the region to dance to big bands such as Duke Ellington, . . . — — Map (db m157936) HM
During the historical period, the earliest inhabitants of the present-day community of Bunker Hill were the Peoria, Kickapoo, and Winnebago Indians who established an encampment near North Washington and West Morgan Streets. Another Native American . . . — — Map (db m143178) HM
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
My concern is not whether God is on our . . . — — Map (db m195623) HM
Route 66, the Mother Road, is an American icon that symbolizes romance and freedom of the open road. Born in 1926, Route 66 was one of the first numbered U.S. highways, journeying 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today, you can still "get . . . — — Map (db m144544) HM
The first hard road connecting Chicago and St. Louis passed through the heart of Carlinville. In 1926, Route 66 opened from Chicago to Los Angeles and followed Route 4 through Illinois. The “Mother Road” Circled the Carlinville Square . . . — — Map (db m144482) HM
This elegant fifty room hotel was built amid scandal in 1870 by Judge Thaddeus Loomis. Judge Loomis was one of the commissioners responsible for the building of the Macoupin County Courthouse. As courthouse costs continued to rise, Judge Loomis . . . — — Map (db m195433) HM
In Memory of
Patriots & Soldiers
Pvt. Samuel Brown Va. · Robert Bushby Va. · John Cheek · Thomas Dodson Md. · William Gatv · Pvt. Wm. Gillespie S.C. · Pvt T. Huriah . . . — — Map (db m196362) HM
This is the second oldest building on the Square. It was built in 1854 and was also the first building on the Square to be three stories tall.
In 1924, Greek immigrant Pete Adam opened the Ariston Restaurant here. Business boomed two years . . . — — Map (db m144480) HM
It shot a six pound iron ball, giving it its name, it could also shoot an explosive shell or canister. Six pounders, incidentally, were fired by six man crews and pulled by a team of six horses. It was born in 1839 at the Algar Foundry in Boston. A . . . — — Map (db m195831) HM
Coal miners were the vanguard of the American Labor Movement and Illinois played a major role. In the 1890s tens of thousands of Illinois miners joined the United Mine Workers Union. But in succeeding decades the leadership of UMW President John L. . . . — — Map (db m184782) HM
Waves of European immigrants poured into
Gillespie in the 1880s to work its coal mines.
In the early 1900s, the Chicago and North Western Railroad opened four mines to fuel its locomotives. Locals knew each town by its mine number: . . . — — Map (db m185468) HM
This was the scene at this corner in the years 1926 -1930. The Dippold Drug Store was a thriving business located on this corner during these years when Route 66 ran through Gillespie.
Prominent Gillespie resident, Lincoln Loveless, and his . . . — — Map (db m195484) HM WM
In memory of those who gave their lives for democracy
World War I
Frank W. Baxter
Joseph Johnston . . . — — Map (db m204637) WM
The Union Miners Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois, is the only labor union-established and union-owned cemetery in the United States. It is the result of the Battle of Virden fought in Virden on October 12, 1898, when the Chicago-Virden Coal Company . . . — — Map (db m184803) HM
You are traveling on one of the most famous roads in the world. On September 25, 2005, Illinois Route 66 was designated as a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. — — Map (db m144781) HM
Electrified interurban railways were the rage in the early 1900s before Route 66. They offered clean and efficient service, an advantage over locomotives and horses. The Illinois Traction System connected residents in towns like Staunton to . . . — — Map (db m188715) HM
Battle of Virden Monument State of Illinois Coal Office
UMWA District 12
City of Virden John E Hein John & Sondra Narmont Wayne & Liz Joplin John & Jeannie Alexander
In memory of Stephen & Luriel Narmont by . . . — — Map (db m195832) HM
Miserable wages and working conditions in coal mines made conflict between miners and coal companies inevitable in the 1890s. The battle that erupted here immortalized Virden in the history of labor rights. On October 12, 1898, eight miners, four . . . — — Map (db m149885) HM