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Beich Plant Bloomington’s West Side, undated

aerial image of Beich candy factory and surrounding area

This undated aerial offers a wealth of fascinating detail. “A” indicates West Washington Street; “B” the old west side Union Depot (closed in 1990; burned out in 1997); “C” the Chicago & Alton Railroad line (later Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, and today Union Pacific / Amtrak); “D” the old Paul F. Beich Co. candy plant (gutted in a fire in 2005); and “E,” the Beich factory ball field, used by employees for recreation and the city industrial baseball league.

Who enjoyed Beich candy as a child? Who remembers this baseball field?

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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