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Bel-Aire Manor Motel

The Bel-Aire Manor Motel, 2636 S. Sixth St., opened about 1953 and was demolished in 2015. See Carl Rinnus, popular sculpture.

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Lincoln sculpture, Illinois State Fairgrounds

The 30-foot-tall fiberglass statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Main Gate of the Illinois State Fairgrounds was created in 1967 by department store window designer Carl Rinnus. See Carl Rinnus, popular sculpture.

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Sarah Smith Woodruff, first woman bicyclist

Sarah “Sadie” Smith Woodruff is considered the first woman to ride a bicycle, in 1888, in Springfield. See Brainerd Hill (West Lawrence Avenue).

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Capital City Cycling Club

The Capital City Cycling Club sponsored bicycle competitions, recreational rides and other activities from 1887 until the early 1920s. See Brainerd Hill (West Lawrence Avenue).

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The Mill, tavern and restaurant

The Mill, 906 N. 15th St., was one of Springfield’s most popular dining spots for nearly 40 years. Brothers Herman (1897-1980) and Louis Cohen (1893-1962) opened the tavern and restaurant in May 1933 on the same corner where they had … Continue reading

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‘The rink,’ 1868-71

This entry has been revised — ed. Springfield’s first ice rink hosted skating contests, floral exhibits, masked balls and the “Knights of the Skate” during its brief existence at Walnut and Monroe streets. “The rink,” as it was simply known, … Continue reading

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The whipping post, 1828-37

A whipping post stood permanently on the northeast corner of Springfield’s public square from 1828 to 1837. It apparently was used infrequently, but often enough that whippings stuck in the minds of those who saw them. The post – which … Continue reading

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Sangamon College (Pleasant Plains)

Sangamon College was a short-lived venture created in Pleasant Plains by educators John L. Scott and Hugh M. Curry with the help of a dozen local investors. Most of the financial backers were from the Pleasant Plains area, but they … Continue reading

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First auto-related fatality, 1906

Raymond Livingston, age 6, was trying to dodge an oncoming automobile when he was run over by a Springfield street car on April 29, 1906. See Springfield traffic rules, 1903.

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Train robbery, 1912

Two robbers stopped the Chicago & Alton “Hummer,” bound for St. Louis, south of Iles Junction on Christmas Eve 1912. After failing to blast open the baggage car safe, they  fled when police arrived. Authorities indicted Elmer Vigas and Jack … Continue reading

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