See the history of Champaign County through pictures. The history of Champaign County, which was established in 1833, closely parallels the invention of photography. Thus there’s a fairly complete record of many of its people and places. That’s why we’re lucky to have images of the old Doane House, the first railroad station in Champaign; the old Walker Opera House in downtown Champaign; and a class photo of the old Harshbarger School in southwest corner of the county.
There are many other wonderful photographs in this book that offers insights into a time when pavement meant brick, when firetrucks were pulled by horses, when a river near Homer was a vacation spot and when government social services were represented by a “poor farm” where the residents worked.
We hope you enjoy all of them.