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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Prairie Birds to the Rescue! Great Chicago Fire, October 8-9, 1871

Locomotive, 1871.

As the Great Chicago Fire raged out of control the night and early morning of October 8-9, 1871, Mayor Roswell B. Mason made a desperate plea over the telegraph wires for additional firefighters and equipment. This image shows the American Standard locomotive No. 97 that carried the Prairie Birds and their steamer on a flatbed railcar to Chicago.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Mother Road Turns Deadly October 28, 1949

Route 66 crash, 1949.

John M. Newman of Pittsfield, IL, was killed on October 28, 1949, when his Pacific Intermountain Express truck sideswiped an automobile parked along Route 66 south of Bloomington. The owner of the parked vehicle, 20-year-old Donald Slaughter of Bloomington, was unharmed in the tragic accident.

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‘Old School’ Public Transportation Twin City Streetcars Date to 1867

Bloomington streetcars, 1867.

The week of September 2, 2015 marked 148th anniversary of the first official run of the Bloomington-Normal streetcar system. It was on September 6, 1867, that the Bloomington & Normal Horse Railway inaugurated its first line, which connected Downtown Bloomington with Uptown Normal. As implied in the system’s original name, the earliest streetcars were pulled by horses. The system was electrified in 1890.

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Chenoa Airport, 1948

Here are two more photographs from the rural airport’s second annual air show, held August 29, 1948.

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Photo of the Week, 107: Marjorie Wikoff: "Lady Cabbie" in 1957

Marjorie Wikoff:

Marjorie Wikoff, a licensed practical nurse, turned to cab driving in 1957 because there wasn't enough local nursing work to pay the bills. Read more...

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Photo of the Week, 106: Fender Bender and Then Some, 1958

Fender Bender and Then Some, 1958

Three individuals were hurt in an automobile accident the morning of March 20, 1958.

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Photo of the Week, 105: Circus Travel by 'House Car'

Circus Travel by

In April 1936, Gene Enos posed before his new aluminum "house car" trailer.

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Photo of the Week, 98: New Marathon Station Opens, 1957

New Marathon Station Opens, 1957

The Twin City's third Marathon service station opened in Bloomington in 1957. The station is no longer standing; today, it is home to Franzetti's Pantry Plus convenience store.

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Photo of the Week, 78: War Clouds Looming

Seen here are Bloomington area Girl Scouts training as blackout and air raid messengers. From left to right: Charlotte Ratcliffe, Isabel Gottschalk, Kay Johnston, and Gloria Sampson.

On November 16, 1941, with the likelihood of American entry into World War II increasing with each passing day, The Pantagraph ran a photo essay on the type of work women should expect come wartime on the home front.

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Photo of the Week, 71: Grim Reapers Pay Respects to Fallen Comrade

About 50 members of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club led a funeral procession for L. Wayne Martin.

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