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Aerial view of the village of Downs, 1953.

Even the small Village of Downs had a post-World War II housing boom (relatively speaking). This view looks southwest. “A” indicates Highway 150; “B,” the site today of Tri-Valley Elementary School; “C,” the old high school building (since torn down); “D,” Woodlawn Street; and “E,” Cleveland Street.
Note also that there was no Interstate 74 in 1953!

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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

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

Posted in Historic Photos

August 29th, 2016