Historic Map - Bloomington, IL - 1867

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View of Bloomington, McLean County, I.L., 1867 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.

This aero-view print of Bloomington, Illinois was drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Chicago Lith. Co. in 1867. Bloomington was an agricultural center with limited attributes until the advent of railroads in the 1850's. The railroads established shops and car works at Bloomington and the community began to prosper as the railroads grew.

Business was also taking hold as an economic boom for Bloomington. Education became prominent as the town now offered higher learning facilities such as Wesleyan College, Conover’s Female Seminary, Major’s Female College and the State Normal School.

Following the American Civil War, Bloomington continued to build and grow through business, especially the insurance business. In 1867 the town’s Chicago & Alton railroad shops were destroyed by fire, but quickly rebuilt and enlarged by the company.

The map from 1867 includes labeled streets, buildings and railroad routes.

Features references to the following locations:

  1. Court House>
  2. District School Houses.
  3. Female Seminary.
  4. Wesleyan University.
  5. Baptist Church.
  6. Christian Church.
  7. Free Congregational Church.
  8. Episcopal Church.
  9. First Methodist Church.
  10. First Presbyterian Church.
  11. Second Presbyterian Church.
  12. United Presbyterian Church.
  13. Catholic Church.
  14. German Lutheran Church.
  15. German Methodist Church.
  16. Convent.
  17. Illinois Central R. R. Depot.
  18. Chicago & St. Louis R. R. Depot.
  19. Ashley House.


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