Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
The low-lying prairie on which Champaign came to be established was once described as "one vast pond where the mud turtle and water moccasin luxuriated, the mosquito wound his bugle, and the frogs gave a rival symphony." From humble origins as a stop on the Illinois Central Railroad called West Urbana, the cluster of buildings quickly became a bustling town of square storefronts, with horses and wagons hitched along wood-plank sidewalks. Gradually rising above muddy thoroughfares, Champaign grew into a charming city in which trolleys rumbled along brick streets. Elegant homes were built and churches established, along with shops and stores, and municipal services and utilities, not to mention parks, opera houses, and confectioneries.
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20th century Andrew Monroe automobiles became brick street brick thoroughfare Burnham Athenaeum Burnham City Hospital Campustown Cattle Bank Champaign County Champaign Fire Department Champaign High School Champaign Ice Cream city building city of Champaign constructed corner of Main department store depicts depot Doane House downtown Champaign Drugstore early 20th century early photograph employees enterprise flatiron building folks front glimpse Green Street Ice Cream Company Illinois Central Railroad Illinois students Illinois Traction interurban Joseph Kuhn Kaufman's Kuhn's landmark later located locomotive looking east Looking south looking west Main and Neil Main Street McKinley News-Gazette North Neil Street Opera House operated passenger photograph offers photograph shows Piggly Wiggly grocery police posed railroad tracks Randolph Streets Robeson's sidewalk soda fountain streetcar Swannell's town train station twin cities underpass University Avenue University of Illinois Vaky's vehicles Vriner's Vriner's Confectioneries West Side Park West Side School West Urbana