The Bloomington-Normal area is filled with interesting little facets and relics that are noteworthy for one other thing: You might not have even known they were there. Here are some new ones to add to our growing list.

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Rimgaudas
Rimgaudas

They paved Paradise and put up a Parking Lot...

sgtricc
sgtricc

I would think Lincoln's law office would be more interesting than a slab from Walker Hall...

Garth Bock
Garth Bock

You are right ! If the slab at Walker Hall is important then at least they should have included Lincoln's office.

Woodyn79
Woodyn79

Another thing I think is more interesting then many items listed is a plaque on a boulder on the Constitution Trail on the far north side at E 1850 North Rd/Kerrick Rd that mentions the Bloomington/Normal Airport once stood there from the late 20's to the early 30's. It's now just all farm land.

Jose
Jose

Bit of a switch from tearing up farmlands to build airports or parking lots, isn't it?

2centsworth
2centsworth

Pictured next to the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant is Ted's Raceway (originally Minks Model Raceway), located above the restaurant. It is the largest slot car track that has been there since 1967 and still open! Stop by for Slots of Fun!

Garth Bock
Garth Bock

What about the plaques in the columns of Berenz Place ?

crown and coke
crown and coke

I did not know about most of these things. I do know however there are many houses made from one or more old train cars all around town.

BC
BC

Be glad your city preserves some of its history. Peoria tears down and destroys anything old, historical value or interest is of no value there. They recently destroyed the site of the original Trefzger's Bakery where baked items for the Lincoln Presidential Inauguration were prepared. A block of some of the oldest business district in Peoria. They now are setting their sites on the Madison Theater. Beautiful architecture and once a Vaudeville stage. The last of the old Vaudeville theaters in town. Peoria, the childhood home of Richard Pryor is barely mentioned in their shiny new Museum. Of course we won't claim the Shelton's interferes with their fake image.

Jose
Jose

Thanks for the details.

klafrenz
klafrenz

I knew Billy Quigley when he was at ISU, and I really appreciate you including his bench memorial in your list. We worked hard to make that happen on campus.

curtisscline
curtisscline

Remember the name of the article is 22 things yo may NOT know. Why include Lincoln's law office, when most peple KNOW about that! The Stumptown marker caught my interest because my Great Grandmother was a teacher in a log cabin there, and one of those "sensational murders" was committed by my Great-Great grandfather over a card game.

Dokken
Dokken

I want to know how that car has stayed on top of that old barn roof this long?? I would have thought it would have caved in by now with the extra weight.

Jose
Jose

Without the "guts in it", presumably it's light enough to stay there.

ladybee
ladybee

Thanks for the GREAT article - I so enjoyed!

Unknown77
Unknown77

also thought that the niece of frank oz, dorothy gage, who inspired the name dorothy gale in his wizard of oz book would of made the list. she is buried in bloomington and myself and my daughter visit all the time since we are wizard of oz fans.

Jose
Jose

Now that's interesting!

My daughter is fascinated with the story, especially since the destruction of those November tornadoes. This book helps some, but she's still leery of "stormy clouds".

Blue Screen
Blue Screen

I wish they would re-do this article when they re-release it every few months. Surly the area is interesting enough to come up with all new photos. Are the 1st 3 new from October/?

Schleswig-Holstein
Schleswig-Holstein

West Bloomington Revitalization Project

http://www.westbloomington.org/

Market Street Lover
Market Street Lover

It should be known, that you didn't have to be in the Air Force to visit Mama's, on Moulton. More males were educated there, than at ISU or IWU combined!

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