Shirley, Illinois

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Coordinates: 40°24′26″N 89°3′45″W / 40.40722°N 89.06250°W / 40.40722; -89.06250
Shirley
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County McLean
Elevation 764 ft (232.9 m)
Coordinates 40°24′26″N 89°3′45″W / 40.40722°N 89.06250°W / 40.40722; -89.06250
Population 378 (2000)
Founded 1854
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61772
Area code 309
Location of Shirley within Illinois
[1]

Shirley is a small unincorporated community located in southwestern McLean County. It sits right off Interstate 55. It was founded in 1854 and currently has a population of 378. Shirley is home to the Funk Prairie Home & Rock Museum.

History[edit]

The town of Shirley was laid out on 14 September 1866 by John M Foster (12 November 1806 – 11 May 1898).[2] Foster was a native Charleston County, New Hampshire. Before the village was established there was a switch at the location and a few lots had been platted. Foster built a brick house and store south of the railroad.[3] The original town consisted of ten small blocks, mostly on the north side of the St. Louis Chicago and Alton Railroad. In 1874 Foster’s home and a store and the station were on the south side of the tracks and a warehouse and mill were on the north side.[4] In 1895 there was a Methodist church, a Christian church, and a hotel north of the tracks; at that time were about twenty houses scattered on both sides of the railroad.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shirley". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  2. ^ .Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McLean County (Edited by Ezra M. Prince and John H. Burnham; 2 vols: Chicago: Munsell, 1908) p. 902. ISBN 1-4035-0026-6
  3. ^ History of McLean County, Illinois (Chicago: LeBaron 1879) p.616.
  4. ^ Combined Indexed Atlas 1856-1914, McLean County, Illinois, (Bloomington: McLean County Historical Society and McLean County Genealogical Society, 2006) P.75. ISBN 0-943788-33-1
  5. ^ Combined Atlas, 2006, 173.

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