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Courthouse Bell
Courthouse Bell
TitleCourthouse Bell
SubjectBloomington, Illinois; Fires
DescriptionNow located a Miller Park, the damage came as a result of the Great Fire of 1900. The Courthouse itself sustained $100, 000 in damages. ""Midway between this flame of hell, in the vortex of destruction, stood the peerless Court House, the pride of all McLean County. A tiny, yellow imp, pirouetting along the cornicing, was the first intimation of danger. He was quickly joined by many of his fellows, and before a hand could be lifted to avert the calamity, the structure was doomed, thousands with tears in their eyes, watching the destruction of this noble pile, naught remaining but the skeleton frame and the dome, which like a skull, sightless and cavernous, still proudly surmounting the sea of ruins below"" (Bloomington, Ill., before and after the great fire of June 19, 1900, ILL 977.3592.)
Source1900 Bloomington Fire; Illinois Picture File 219
Digitization SpecificationsHP Scanjet 4070 Photosmart Scanner with HP Software
RightsThis image may be used freely, with attribution, for research, study and educational purposes. For permission to publish, distribute, or use this image for any other purpose, please contact the Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St., P.O. Box 3308, Bloomington, IL 61702-3308. Phone: 309.828.6091; Email:
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