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Illinois State Fairgrounds Dome Building

The Dome Building, which was on the Illinois State Fairgrounds from 1895 to 1917, originally was built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The glass dome, 222 feet in diameter, was the world’s second-largest unsupported dome. Following the … Continue reading

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Fatal racing accident, 1910 Illinois State Fair

Driver LaRue Vredenburgh (1882-1910) died in this crash during auto racing at the 1910 Illinois State Fair. The car, a green Stoddard-Dayton characterized as “one of the prettiest running cars on the track,” was traveling 60 mph when it went … Continue reading

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Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams (1853-90), born a slave in Mississippi, became an acclaimed crayon artist in 1870s’ and 1880s’ Springfield. Williams was completely self-taught, partly because many teachers refused to accept a black youth as a student. However, he eventually set up … Continue reading

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