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 Illinois, USA

Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. 1865. 50states.com

In 1887, engineers began to reverse the flow of the Chicago River to stop pollution from contaminating the city’s water supply. The reversal was complete in 1900. rd.com



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  • 1811 - First coal mine in Illinois opened in Jackson County; parts of southern Illinois damaged by New Madrid earthquake

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

  • 1817 - Veterans of War of 1812 received 160-acre land warrants in Illinois Military Tract between Illinois and Mississippi Rivers

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

  • 1818 - Illinois became 21st U. S. state, Kaskaskia chosen as capital

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

  • 1865 - Illinois first state to ratify Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery; Lincoln assassinated in Washington, D.C., buried in Springfield

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

  • 1867 - Pullman Palace Car Company founded. The company charter was approved by the Illinois Legislature on February 22, 1867.


  • 1872 - Illinois grants freedom of occupational choice to both men and women.
    But when Myra Colby Bradwell, who studied as her husband’s law apprentice to pass the Illinois bar, tries to practice as a lawyer, the US supreme...Read MORE...


  •  Illinois, USA
    1890s
    Highland Brand Evaporated Cream
    Highland, Ill.
    Advertisement
  •  Illinois, USA
    Challenge Wind Mill and Feed Mill Co.
    Manufacturers of Geared & Pumping Mills, Feed Mills, Horse Powers, ETC.
    Batavia, Illinois
    Advertisement
  •  Illinois, USA
    Zaneis & Miller
    Furniture
    Undertaking
    Largest Stock and Lowest Prices
    Washington, Illinois
    Advertisement
  • 1893 - Eugene Debs forms the American Railway Union
    The American Railway Union was the largest labor union of its time, and one of the first industrial unions in the United States. It was founded on...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Illinois
    IIIinois, il'lin-oi' or illin-ois', a north-central state of the American Union, lying in the valley of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, and...Read MORE...


  •  Illinois, USA
    Normal, McLean, Illinois, USA
    Scene on Broadway
    Postcard
  • News 1917 - May 26 – A tornado strikes Mattoon, Illinois, causing devastation and killing 101 people.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 26, 1917

  • 1918 - Influenza epidemic in Illinois killed 32,000

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

  • 1925 - March 18 - The great Tri-State Tornado occurred, the most deadly tornado in U.S. history.
    The tornado claimed 695 lives (including 234 at Murphysboro IL and 148 at West Frankfort IL), and caused seventeen million dollars property damage....Read MORE...


  •  Illinois, USA
    Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
    Michigan Ave. Bridge
    Postcard
  •  Illinois, USA
    Greetings from Brighton, Macoupin, Illinois, USA
    Postcard
  • 1954 - Raymond Kroc opened first McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

  • 1974 - Sears Tower, world's tallest building, completed in Chicago; state lottery approved by General Assembly

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Illinois, USA


Illinois, USA
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1890s
Highland Brand Evaporated Cream
Highland, Ill.
Advertisement

Illinois, USA
Pinterest
Challenge Wind Mill and Feed Mill Co.
Manufacturers of Geared & Pumping Mills, Feed Mills, Horse Powers, ETC.
Batavia, Illinois
Advertisement

Illinois, USA
Pinterest
Zaneis & Miller
Furniture
Undertaking
Largest Stock and Lowest Prices
Washington, Illinois
Advertisement

Illinois, USA
Pinterest
Normal, McLean, Illinois, USA
Scene on Broadway
Postcard

Illinois, USA
Pinterest
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Michigan Ave. Bridge
Postcard

Illinois, USA
Pinterest
Greetings from Brighton, Macoupin, Illinois, USA
Postcard

History, News and Stories of Illinois, USA

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  • 1811 - First coal mine in Illinois opened in Jackson County; parts of southern Illinois damaged by New Madrid earthquake

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm
  • 1817 - Veterans of War of 1812 received 160-acre land warrants in Illinois Military Tract between Illinois and Mississippi Rivers

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm
  • 1818 - Illinois became 21st U. S. state, Kaskaskia chosen as capital

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm
  • 1865 - Illinois first state to ratify Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery; Lincoln assassinated in Washington, D.C., buried in Springfield

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm
  • 1867 - Pullman Palace Car Company founded. The company charter was approved by the Illinois Legislature on February 22, 1867.
  • 1872 - Illinois grants freedom of occupational choice to both men and women.
    But when Myra Colby Bradwell, who studied as her husband’s law apprentice to pass the Illinois bar, tries to practice as a lawyer, the US supreme... Read MORE...

  • 1893 - Eugene Debs forms the American Railway Union
    The American Railway Union was the largest labor union of its time, and one of the first industrial unions in the United States. It was founded on... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Illinois
    IIIinois, il'lin-oi' or illin-ois', a north-central state of the American Union, lying in the valley of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, and... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - May 26 – A tornado strikes Mattoon, Illinois, causing devastation and killing 101 people.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 26, 1917
  • 1918 - Influenza epidemic in Illinois killed 32,000

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm
  • 1925 - March 18 - The great Tri-State Tornado occurred, the most deadly tornado in U.S. history.
    The tornado claimed 695 lives (including 234 at Murphysboro IL and 148 at West Frankfort IL), and caused seventeen million dollars property damage.... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - Raymond Kroc opened first McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm
  • 1974 - Sears Tower, world's tallest building, completed in Chicago; state lottery approved by General Assembly

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ iltimeln.htm

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