Bloomington, Illinois: Courthouse Dome

Metal skeleton of the dome from the county courthouse that burned in the Great Fire of 1900. Later served as an animal cage.

Miller Park

Address:
S. Morris Ave., Bloomington, IL
Directions:
East of Miller Park Zoo, next to the Miller Park Pavilion.
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Courthouse dome.

The Courthouse Dome

The courthouse along with most of downtown Bloomington burned to the ground in the great fire of 1900. The iron framework of the dome of the courthouse was salvaged and moved to Miller Park. It was covered with a wire screen and served as a "cage" for park's zoo animals. The dome remains a feature of Miller Park, and now stands east of the pavilion and the zoo.

[Doug Dirr, 12/03/2013]

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