Bloomington, Illinois: Front Yard Civil War Monument

County monument for fallen soldiers, dedicated in 1869 in Franklin Park, struck by lightning, replaced in 1913 and moved to this spot, later subsumed by a suburban neighborhood. Poignant lawn ornament!

Address:
Dawes Pl., Bloomington, IL
Directions:
East of N. Linden St., Intersection of Dawes Pl. and Norbloom Ave. Private property - visible from street.
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Remains Of Civil War Monument

At the intersection of Dawes Place and Norbloom Avenue in the Briarwood subdivision, in one of the front yards, is what is left of a Civil War monument. It was built in 1869 to honor the 700 McLean County residents who fell during the war.

The monument was originally located in Bloomington's Franklin Park, where it was struck by lightning and decayed quickly. It was replaced by the monument in Miller Park in 1913. The old monument was moved into an area that was sparsely populated back in 1913, but Bloomington spread out into the area.

[Doug Dirr, 12/16/2013]

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