“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bloomington

Clickable Map of McLean County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> McLean County, IL (49) Champaign County, IL (22) De Witt County, IL (14) Ford County, IL (1) Livingston County, IL (36) Logan County, IL (36) Piatt County, IL (14) Tazewell County, IL (3) Woodford County, IL (4)  McLeanCounty(49) McLean County (49)  ChampaignCounty(22) Champaign County (22)  DeWittCounty(14) DeWitt County (14)  FordCounty(1) Ford County (1)  LivingstonCounty(36) Livingston County (36)  LoganCounty(36) Logan County (36)  PiattCounty(14) Piatt County (14)  TazewellCounty(3) Tazewell County (3)  WoodfordCounty(4) Woodford County (4)
Bloomington, Illinois and Vicinity
    McLean County (49)
    Champaign County (22)
    DeWitt County (14)
    Ford County (1)
    Livingston County (36)
    Logan County (36)
    Piatt County (14)
    Tazewell County (3)
    Woodford County (4)
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1Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Bloomington, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12156) HM
2Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Asahel Gridley's Bank — Looking for Lincoln
"My line of defense is going to be that your tongue is no slanderer...that the people generally know you to be, impulsive and say things that you do not mean, and they do not consider what you say as slander," was Lincoln's defense of . . . — Map (db m57379) HM
3Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Bloomington, Illinois — Welcome to Route 66 Illinois
(front:) 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, . . . — Map (db m158214) HM
4Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Center Street Site
First brick pavement in the United States Innovation to modern highways Installed 1877 by Napoleon B. Heafer This plaque set in original paving brick and presented to the City of Bloomington May 11, 1968, by Bloomington Junior High School . . . — Map (db m57840) HM
5Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Cloverlawn — Located one block East
David Davis swapped for the farm just east of here with Normal's founder Jesse Fell. Davis forgiving Fell's debts. Judge Davis was a friend of attorney Abraham Lincoln and the two of them rode the 8th Judicial circuit together, holding court from . . . — Map (db m57560) HM
6Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — David Davis Mansion
This Victorian Mansion was the home of Judge David Davis, an associate of Abraham Lincoln's. Construction began in 1870 and was completed in 1872. The house is built of yellow hard-burned face brick with stone quoins in the corners. It is 64 . . . — Map (db m12249) HM
7Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Florence Fifer Bohrer — (1877 - 1960)
The first woman elected to the Illinois Senate, Florence Fifer Bohrer served two terms from 1925 to 1933. She chaired the Senate committee to visit charitable institutions, led efforts to revamp Illinois' child welfare laws, and sponsored . . . — Map (db m55616) HM
8Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Franklin Square Historic District
Franklin Square contains the homes of former Vice President Adlai Stevenson I and Governor Joseph Fifer. Franklin Park, the centerpiece of the district, was the starting point for partisan torchlight parades in the late nineteenth century. The park, . . . — Map (db m156963) HM
9Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Home of Adlai E. Stevenson I
This was the home of Adlai E. Stevenson I, Vice-President of the United States, 1893-1897. Stevenson was born in Kentucky in 1835 and came to Bloomington in 1852. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and Centre College in . . . — Map (db m55614) HM
10Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Home of Joseph W. Fifer
This was the home of Joseph W. Fifer, Republican Governor of Illinois, 1889-1893. Fifer was born in Virginia in 1840 and came to Illinois in 1857. During the Civil War he served in the 33rd Illinois Infantry Regiment. He graduated from Illinois . . . — Map (db m55615) HM
11Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Illinois Central R. R. — Looking for Lincoln
"I am now free to make an engagement for the road; and if you think fit you may 'count me in,'" wrote Lincoln to Illinois Central Railroad attorney Mason Brayman in October 1853. In 1851, the Illinois Central Railroad charter had . . . — Map (db m57561) HM
12Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — John M. Scott — Aug. 1, 1824--Jan. 21, 1898
This is the site of the home of Judge Scott who was a member of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1870 to 1888, and a leading philanthropist of McLean County. Judge Scott was also one of the founders and the first President of the McLean County . . . — Map (db m156964) HM
13Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lincoln Oak Tree
(left plaque:) On the right is a reproduction of a plaque attached to the original Lincoln Oak Tree. Under that oak, it is said Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas gave speeches between 1855 and 1860. The original oak died and was cut . . . — Map (db m156965) HM
14Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lincoln The Lawyer — "A Rustic on his First Visit" — Looking for Lincoln —
“A rustic on his first visit to the circus” is how John W. Baddeley, an English immigrant farmer described Abraham Lincoln on his first visit to the McLean County Courthouse as a young attorney in the summer of 1837. Lincoln was wearing . . . — Map (db m12362) HM
15Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lincoln's Real Estate — Looking for Lincoln
"His love of wealth was very weak....he said he had no capacity whatever for speculation and never attempted it." So said attorney friend Joseph Gillespie who once asked Lincoln how much land he owned and why he had never speculated in . . . — Map (db m57559) HM
16Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Major's Hall — [Cluster of 6 Plaques] —
(Plaque 1) Major's Hall Erected 1852 by William Trabue Major Razed 1959(Plaque 2) Illinois Republican Party born in Major's Hall I have supposed myself since the organization of the Republican Party at Bloomington, in May 1856, bound as a party man . . . — Map (db m57459) HM
17Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Miller Park's Segregated Beaches
In 1908, the park board established racially segregated beaches and bathing facilities at Miller Park. Whites had exclusive use of the lake's larger beach and cleaner waters, while the "colored" beach was located in the park's smaller lagoon - a . . . — Map (db m156962) HM
18Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Miller-Davis Building — Built 1843 — Restored 1981 —
A National Register of Historic Places SiteHere, in the 1840s attorneys of the old Eighth Judicial Circuit would gather. In the upper rooms Abraham Lincoln, David Davis, Asahel Gridley and others forged their ideals which fifteen years later were . . . — Map (db m57453) HM
19Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Miller-Davis Buildings — Looking for Lincoln
"...If they believe...Vandeventer pointed the gun at Swartz and advanced upon him, merely to intimidate Swartz.... so that he could get to kill the dog, and with no intention of him, or otherwise hurting him with the gun, that was no assault . . . — Map (db m57454) HM
20Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — My Good Friend — Judge David Davis - Mansion — Looking for Lincoln —
The frame house (left) that once stood on the site of this Victorian mansion was the home of Abraham Lincoln’s trusted friend, legal associate, and political manager, David Davis (1815-1886). The two-story structure closely resembled Lincoln’s . . . — Map (db m12263) HM
21Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Risk of the Road — Bloody 66 and Insurance
Illinois Route 66 was dangerous. Curves, crossroads, and bridge abutments doomed many speeding motorists, giving rise to the nickname, "Bloody 66." After World War II, curves were straightened, towns bypassed, and four lanes built to improve . . . — Map (db m57555) HM
22Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Home of Julia Green Scott
The home of Julia Green Scott, (Mrs. Matthew T. Scott) seventh President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 1909–1913 Later home of her daughter, Julia & son-in-law, Carl Vrooman — Map (db m57838) HM
23Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Lost Speech — Looking for Lincoln
"I look upon that enactment not as a 'law,' but as 'violence' from the beginning. It was conceived in violence, passed in violence, is maintained in violence, and is being executed in violence. I say it was 'conceived' in violence, because . . . — Map (db m57456) HM
24Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Lost Speech
Horace Greeley's New York Tribune reported on the Bloomington convention for its national readership: "It was most emphatically a convention of the people, where all classes, opinions and shades of belief were represented---but all inspired . . . — Map (db m57458) HM
25Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The National Hotel — Looking for Lincoln
"Why if that one is named Democrat, I will name this one Whig," Lincoln said to John Ewing the proprietor. Such was Lincoln's affection for the family of John Ewing, who ran the hotel in the 1840's. John had nicknamed one of his sons . . . — Map (db m57550) HM
26Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Phoenix Block — Looking for Lincoln
"Herewith is a little sketch...there is not much of it...I suppose, that there is not much of me." Lincoln thus fulfilled Jesse Fell's 1858 request for an autobiography. Catching Lincoln as he emerged from the courthouse, Fell invited . . . — Map (db m57553) HM
27Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Pike House — Looking for Lincoln
"While I am writing speakers are addressing the people from the portico of the Pike House." Thus wrote the correspondent of the Chicago Democrat Press on the morning of May 29, 1856. The Anti-Nebraska Convention was scheduled to . . . — Map (db m57556) HM
28Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Rounds Block — Built 1857 — Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1983 —
The Rounds Block was built in 1857 by brickmaker S.D. Rounds. Rudolph Richter who was employed by Rounds, is believed to be the architect for the building. Richter was a trained architect who had immigrated to America from Prussia.The Rounds Block . . . — Map (db m57552) HM
29Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — William Florville — Looking for Lincoln
"I am in a little trouble here---I am trying to get a decree for our 'Billy the Barber' for the conveyance of certain town lots sold to him by Allin Gridley and Prickett...." Lincoln explained that "Billy will blame me, if I do not . . . — Map (db m57558) HM
30Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — World War II War Memorial — McLean County Illinois
Dedicated to the memory of those from McLean County who made the Surpreme Sacrifice World War II 1941- -1945 — Map (db m12432) HM
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Oct. 27, 2020