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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bloomington, Illinois

 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 10, 2021
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1Illinois, Bloomington — 1897
Gift to the street 1897 Old House Society of Bloomington-NormalMap (db m183745) HM
2Illinois, Bloomington — John & Matilda Heffernan House
706 E. Grove St. John & Matilda Heffernan House Built c. 1892 Queen Anne Architectural Style Col. Heffernan was a successful businessman and leader of the local Irish community. No automobiles were allowed on the property . . . Map (db m183750) HM
3Illinois, Bloomington — Robert Greenlee House
Gift to the Street 1884 Old House Society of Bloomington-NormalMap (db m183702) HM
4Illinois (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 - 1857Map (db m12156) HM
5Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Adlai Ewing Stevenson I — 1835-1914
Married Letitia Green Dec. 26, 1866 Member of the 44th US Congress 1875-1877 and the 46th US Congress 1879-1881. Under President Grover Cleveland he was appointed first Assistant Postmaster General 1885-1889. Was elected Vice President of . . . Map (db m160458) HM
6Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Adlai Ewing Stevenson II — 1900-1965 — Served as Governor of Illinois from 1948-1953 —
Twice made unsuccessful bid for the office of US President on the democratic ticket in 1952 and 1956. Named US Ambassador to the United Nations by President John F. Kennedy serving in London, England until his death.Map (db m160459) HM
7Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — An Arthur L. Pillsbury Design
. . . Map (db m183738) HM
8Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Angeline Strode Turner Lamon — 1825-1859 — Evergreen Memorial Cemetery —
Married Ward Hill Lamon Mar. 17, 1850 The 8th circuit court and the members including the Honorable Judge David Davis and Abraham Lincoln, future president of the United States of America gathered here at the burial site of Angeline Turner . . . Map (db m160308) HM
9Illinois (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
10Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Augustus & Jennie Elbe House
702 E. Grove St. Augustus & Jennie Elbe House Built c. 1882 Queen Anne Architectural Style Elbe was a German born jeweler. The house cost $4500 to build.Map (db m183770) HM
11Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Bloomington Fire Department — Dedicated to Our Community, Our Profession, and Each Other.
The Bloomington Fire Department was established by City Council ordinance on December 27, 1855 as a result of a devastating fire that destroyed much of a downtown city block. The city's first fire apparatus - a hand pumper known as Prairie Bird - . . . Map (db m163422) HM
12Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Bloomington Fire Fighters IAFF Local #49 — "Strength-Solidarity-Success"
Bloomington Fire Fighters organized as an original number of the International Association Fire Fighters on February 28th, 1918 as Local #49 • In 1921 Local #49 was disbanded due to the depression era antilabor sentiments in city governments . . . Map (db m163421) HM
13Illinois (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
14Illinois (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
15Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourne — 12/11/1854 - 02/05/1897 — Evergreen Memorial Cemetery —
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1940, Charles pitched professionally for 11 years in the National League and the Players League. In those 11 years he won 310 games and lost 191 for a winning percentage of .619. In 1884 he won 62 . . . Map (db m160304) HM
16Illinois (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
17Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — David Davis III & IV House
Gift to the street 1872 Old House Society of Bloomington-NormalMap (db m183709) HM
18Illinois (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
19Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Dome — From McLean County Courthouse — Destroyed by Fire June 19, 1900 —
On the morning of June 19, 1900, within a brief space of eight hours of time, the fair city of Bloomington, Illinois, lost the most attractive part of the business portion of the city, destroying over two million dollars worth of real estate and . . . Map (db m162811) HM
20Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Dorothy Louise Gage — 06/11/1898 - 11/15/1898 — Evergreen Memorial Cemetery —
Little Dorothy was born to Sophie Jewell and Thomas C. Gage, five months later the family was devastated by her death. Shortly after this, Thomas and Sophie left Bloomington for Aberdeen S.D. Dorothy's uncle, L. Frank Baum, named the main character . . . Map (db m160313) HM
21Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Dr. David & Elizabeth Moore House
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22Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Edmund O'Connell House
Gift to the Street 1898 Old House Society of Bloomington-NormalMap (db m183707) HM
23Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Edward & Ora Gridley House
409 E. Grove St. Edward & Ora Gridley House Built c. 1885 • Queen Anne Style George Miller, Architect This house was preserved by Alice Light McTurnan, whose family lived here from 1904-1996. Edward Gridley was the son of . . . Map (db m183812) HM
24Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Eliel & Malinda Barber Cottage
709 E. Taylor St. Eliel & Malinda Barber Cottage Built c. 1852 Vertical Plank Construction Eliel built the first half of the Vrooman Mansion for his wife. Author Harold Sinclair resided here when he wrote The Horse . . . Map (db m183832) HM
25Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Eugene and Mary Funk House
507 E. Grove St. Eugene and Mary Funk House Eastlake Victorian Architectural Style, 1895 Paul Moratz, Architect; C. L. Hutchinson, Builder The Conover Female Seminary was located here and was demolished in 1894. It was the second . . . Map (db m183817) HM
26Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Ezra & Barbara Prince House
418 E. Grove St. Ezra & Barbara Prince House Built c. 1855 Victorian Cottage Ezra was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, and was a co-founder of the McLean County Historical Society. Pulitzer Prize winning brothers Paul and Edgar . . . Map (db m183779) HM
27Illinois (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
28Illinois (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
29Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Freedom and Henry C. Johnson House
516 S. Clayton St. Freedom and Henry C. Johnson House Italianate Architectural Style, 1880 Henry C. Johnson was a Civil War veteran. Eugenia Johnson, one of their five daughters, was born in the house and remained here until . . . Map (db m183829) HM
30Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — George H. & Clara Bruner Cox House
701 E. Grove St. George H. and Clara Bruner Cox House George Miller, Architect Queen Anne Architectural Style, 1886 George Cox ran the Hungarian Roller Mills. Clara grew up in the neighborhood. Dr. Jane Marie Lee restored the . . . Map (db m183825) HM
31Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Gridley Family Plot — Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Family Patriarch Asahel Gridley 04/21/1810 - 01/20/1881 Banker, lawyer, politician, merchant, and first millionaire in McLean County. The town of Gridley is named for him. Gridley was once sued for slander and hired Abraham Lincoln . . . Map (db m160311) HM
32Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Helen L. Cooper — 12/03/1920 - 07/02/2012 — Evergreen Memorial Cemetery —
Wife, mother, and registered nurse. A driving force behind the merging of the Bloomington City Cemetery and Bloomington Cemetery. It was with great dedication that she served Evergreen Memorial Cemetery first as an advocate then as a . . . Map (db m160445) HM
33Illinois (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
34Illinois (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
35Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Horace and Nora McCurdy House
414-416 E. Grove St. Horace and Nora McCurdy House Italianate Architectural Style, 1877 Richter and Harris, Architects Horace McCurdy owned a hardware business at 110 W. Front St. Built as a single-family residence, it was . . . Map (db m183784) HM
36Illinois (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
37Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — James S. Neville House
Gift to the street 1885 Old House Society of Bloomington-NormalMap (db m183733) HM
38Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — John A. Wilcox House
Gift to the street 1884 Old House Society of Bloomington-NormalMap (db m183736) HM
39Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — John and Caroline Roush House
421 E. Grove St. John and Caroline Roush House Italianate Architectural Style, 1870 Built on a Joliet stone foundation with local brick for John Roush, a wholesale grocer. The Neo-classical porch was added in 1907. The house . . . Map (db m183815) HM
40Illinois (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
41Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — John M. Scott / Charlotte Ann Perry Scott — 08/01/1824 - 01/21/1898 / 09/18/1831 - 12/01/1917 — Evergreen Memorial Cemetery —
John served as judge to the 8th Judicial Circuit in Illinois 1862-1870 Elected to the Illinois Supreme Court 1870-1888 One of the founders of the McLean County Historical Society in 1892 John considered Sarah his equal and life . . . Map (db m160306) HM
42Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lawrence and Mary Jane Weldon House
407 E. Grove St. Lawrence and Mary Jane Weldon House Italianate Architectural Style, 1870 by Pennington and Coultas A US Court of Claims judge, Weldon was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and hosted U.S. Grant here in 1880. The . . . Map (db m183805) HM
43Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lincoln Oak Memorial
(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
44Illinois (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
45Illinois (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
46Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lucius T. and Arabella Bruner Wilcox House
604 E. Grove St. Lucius T. and Arabella Bruner Wilcox House Queen Anne Architectural Style, 1894 Lucius, a dry goods merchant, was his own contractor and built this house for $5500. Arabella grew up in the neighborhood and her . . . Map (db m183771) HM
47Illinois (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
48Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Matthew and Julia Scott House
701 E. Taylor St. Matthew and Julia Scott House Italianate/Romanesque Architectural Style, 1869/1900 GW Bunting/Arthur Pillsbury, Architects The Scotts' daughter, Julia, a lifelong resident from 1876-1981, lived here with her . . . Map (db m183831) HM
49Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — McCormick Family Plot
Five generations of the McCormick family are buried here in the Big Circle. Family Patriarch Henry W. McCormick, Ph. D. Irish immigrant, farm laborer, teacher, college professor. For his contribution to the university, McCormick Gym, at . . . Map (db m160456) HM
50Illinois (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
51Illinois (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
52Illinois (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
53Illinois (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
54Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Oscar and Sara Mandel House
402 E. Grove St. Oscar and Sara Mandel House Queen Anne Architectural Style, 1894 George Miller, Architect Moved here in 2004 from 507 E. Washington, restored by Diana Krieg, and awarded Best Curb Appeal by This Old House in . . . Map (db m183794) HM
55Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Phillip & Sophia Young House
609/11 E. Grove St. Phillip & Sophia Young House West Half Built c. 1855 Greek Revival Architectural Style East side addition by architect Arthur Pillsbury was built in 1904 to provide income for widow Anna Perrigo. Phillip . . . Map (db m183823) HM
56Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Phoenix Hall
This tablet marks the site of Old Liberty Hall later Phoenix Hall where Abraham Lincoln made a number of speechesMap (db m162814) HM
57Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Plane Crash Memorial
On May 31, 1948, a group of citizens gathered at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery's Civil War Veteran's enclosure to honor those who had given to our great nation through their military service. During the ceremony, a WWII trainer plane flown by James A. . . . Map (db m160452) HM
58Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Rhodes Mill Stones
These mill stones were used at the Rhodes Mill in McLean County in 1825; donated to the public by Victoria Ames and Clara McNamaraMap (db m163010) HM
59Illinois (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
60Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Ruben & Laura Benjamin House
510 E. Grove St. Ruben & Laura Benjamin House Built by John Routt in 1853 Italianate Architectural Style Ruben Benjamin was examined by Abraham Lincoln to qualify for a license to practice law. John Routt was elected governor . . . Map (db m183772) HM
61Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Sain & Gertrude Welty House
612 E. Grove St. Sain & Gertrude Welty House Built c. 1888 Queen Anne Architecture Only 8% of Queen Anne houses are brick and the 3 story square tower is uncommon. Judge Welty was City Attorney from 1885 to 18(obscured) . . . Map (db m183747) HM
62Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Samuel & Electa Bishop House
603 E. Grove St. Samuel & Electa Bishop House Built c. 1857 Italianate Architectural Style One of George Bruner's many neighborhood properties in the 1860's. Bruner also owned a lumber yard on the corner of Evans and Grove. . . . Map (db m183822) HM
63Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers Veterans Field
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall was brought to this site in August of 2016. It was through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers that made this event possible. The black granite monument to commemorate the Honor, . . . Map (db m160455) HM WM
64Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Sigmund Livingston — Founder of the Anti-Defamation League
In 1913, Bloomington native Sigmund Livingston founded the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Chicago. Livingston came to Bloomington in 1881 at the age of nine with his parents from Germany. After attending public schools, he graduated from law school . . . Map (db m162812) HM
65Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Crothers and Chew Building — Site of Speech by Abraham Lincoln — Built 1856 —
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1983 Located on the third floor of the Crothers and Chew Building was a facility known as Center Hall, where on April 6, Lincoln gave his address "Inventions and Discoveries." Hoping to . . . Map (db m162816) HM
66Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The Dewenter's Building — Lincoln Era Attorney's Offices — Built 1856 —
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1983 The Dewenter's building has been the site of commercial and professional activity since 1856. Dewenter's, a men's clothing store, was in business here from 1870 to 1988. The building . . . Map (db m162819) HM
67Illinois (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 VroomanMap (db m57838) HM
68Illinois (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
69Illinois (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
70Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — The National Hotel — Looking for Lincoln — 1846 —
"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
71Illinois (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
72Illinois (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
73Illinois (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
74Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Train Whistle Monument
Daily this whistle echoed from atop the Chicago & Alton Railroad shops on Bloomington's west side. This monument is dedicated to the thousands that labored there. Labor Day 1982Map (db m163005) HM
75Illinois (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
76Illinois (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- -1945Map (db m12432) HM
 
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