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Fans Field, South Bloomington Aerial, 1938

Fans Field, 1938.

This photo recalls the Bloomers, Bloomington’s professional minor league team that played in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League from 1901 to 1939.

The Bloomers home was Fans Field. Today, this site is occupied by Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department’s RT Dunn Fields and a series of businesses along Lafayette Street, including Weber Electric and Aramark. The Fans Field grandstand burned down in August 1947.

“A” indicates Fans Field; “B” Main Street / U.S. 51; “C” Lafayette Street; “D” Berenz Place; “E” St. Joseph’s Hospital when it was on the city’s west side; and “F” the warehouse district south of downtown. The red arrow is pointing to a brick commercial building at 1312 S. Main St. Today, that’s home to The Door Doctor. Back in 1938 the building served as a neighborhood grocery and barbershop.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

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


Justin Brand9/13/21 7:33pm

Terrific picture! Thanks for posting it!

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