Mattoon Illinois History

Lake Land College was named the sixth in the state by and ranked one of the top 100 public colleges and universities in Illinois by the national website Lake Land College has also been among the top 10 statewide public schools for the past two years by national schools websites.

The Mattoon Journal - Gazette published the first editorial supporting the development of an institution between the two cities. In April, the council selected a 75-acre site on the west side of the Lake Land College campus at the intersection of Route A and Route D as a potential site for a new hospital. The Mattoons, who are located about 20 miles south of the Lakeland College campus and about 30 miles north of Matton, chose the 75-acre tract area, located at the southeast corner of State Street and North Main Street, as the "best location" for the health center.

Colonel Roswell B. Mason of Connecticut, who later became one of the most respected citizens of Illinois, arrived shortly afterwards with a crew of surveyors and engineers from Chicago. The Decatur, Sullivan and Mattoon lines were completed in 1872 and the line had connections to Pekin and Peoria. It showed that a communications network that included telephone lines and asphalt roads was critical to the growth of rural Illinois. They were pioneers who built houses, founded schools, founded churches and brought industry from the prairie.

Terre Haute and Alton have completed the Alston to Illinois (now East St. Louis) route, providing a direct connection to St. Louis.

No one has anything written to prove this, but it is significant to trace the origins of Mattoon in the 1850s to the arrival of the first Terre Haute and Alton train on the route from Alston to Illinois (now East St. Louis). It was probably set up to have a right of way crossing to Mattoon, a place now called Mattoons. Historians are divided on whether the railroad first made the crossing at Mattano. At least they push it, or at least a wood-burning engine with a steam engine and train carriage.

In 1879, the line was merged into a branch of Illinois Central, which was to come to Peoria, Decatur and Evansville in 1900. In the meantime, it was chartered in Springfield and opened in 1881, giving the Chicago and St. Louis Central Railroad (now the US Central Railway) a transit route from Chicago to Cairo. Grant entered service with the regiment in a brief ceremony at the Mattoon Depot on the west side of Illinois Avenue, south of Mattoons.

He was in Mattoon for several days in mid-May and returned in June when the 21st Mattoon left to meet in Springfield. W.P. Dole also owned substantial land in eastern Illinois, including what later became known as Rudy's Farm south of Mattoon. Lincoln paid Coles County his last visit before he headed to Washington to become president. Abraham's stepmother Sarah Bush Lincoln lived there for a few years before being inaugurated in a replica at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 1865.

In 1911, Coles County State Bank, which had started operations in 1858 as the first bank in the state of Illinois and as the second bank in Illinois, was bought by the US Bank of Chicago and its parent company. It was used as a branch of the US Bank and later as an institution for the Federal Reserve System and was in business until the mid-1860.

In 1912, Mattoon State Savings Bank changed its name to State National Bank, became a State Bank and closed on January 7, 1924. The bank, reorganized by E.T. Guthrie, voluntarily liquidated on December 9, 1926 and was reopened as Illinois State Bank of Illinois, a subsidiary of the US Bank. Cashier, successor to Mattoons Bank, was named president and chief executive, though his history is murky.

In October, the Illinois Department of Health granted the license to the new hospital, and Richard Lumpkin was elected in December. In January, Dr. Emil Gritti was elected president of the Area Medical Planning Council, and the State of Illinois approved the company's charter for Mattoon Medical Center, a medical center with a hospital building and medical school.

It is unknown why Mattoon was given this honor, but it is likely that his railroad first reached it, though it is unknown why.

The Louis Service included America's first sleeper car in Mattoon on the tracks between Terre Haute and Alton. Another notable event in Mattoon's history occurred in the early 20th century, during the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad (ICL). There was an attempt to establish the city as the terminus of a new railway line from which it could pass to Ter re - Hautes Alston, but due to the distance between the two cities and the railway tracks there was no way to cross it.

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