Thanks to a land donation of 60 acres by county proponent, James Allin, Bloomington, county seat for McLean County, was born. Bloomington’s first plots sold at auction on July 4, 1831. North Bloomington, renamed Normal in 1865, was first laid out in 1854. Today the Twin Cities have over 130,000 residents in one of the most prosperous communities in Illinois.
Ryburn Place at Sprague Super Service
In 2015, the Cruisin’ on Route 66 with Abraham Lincoln themed visitor center opened in the first floor of the McClean County Museum of History. Since opening, Bloomington-Normal has seen a surge in tourism, sharing their Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln history with visitors from around the country and the world.
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