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East Grove Street, 1956.

Phillip Hogan (on bike) chats with Marty Weigman is this summer of 1956 scene along East Grove Street, looking east. The intersection straight ahead is Moore Street.

By the mid-1950s, Dutch elm disease had ravaged many of the city’s tree-lined streets. The disease had yet to reach this stretch of East Grove, though. Elms were prized for their ability to create tunnel-like canopies of interlocking branches arching over city streets that would offer residents respite from the summer heat.


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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Posted in Historic Photos

March 25th, 2016

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