|Township||Old Town Township|
|Elevation||840 ft (256 m)|
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Location of Illinois within the United States
Holder is located at Bloomington.(40.4511462, -88.8042368), and is located east of
Holder was laid out 7 December 1871 by Charles W. Holder. Holder was a Bloomington land developer who was associated with the development of many towns including Towanda, Illinois, Normal,Illinois. and Lyons, Iowa. The Lafayette, Bloomington and Mississippi Railroad, for which Padua Township had supplied $30,000 worth of bonds. The location of the station came as a surprise to local people who had expected that it would be closer to the center of the Township. A store was moved to the new Town. By 1872 freight service had begun of the railroad. The original town consisted of four blocks on the north side of the depot grounds. The depot was on the south side of the tracks and early grain elevators were on both sides of the tracks.
Holder consists of approximately 25 residential dwellings.
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- History of McLean County Illinois (Chicago: LeBaron 1879, p. 567.
- William D. Walters, Jr. "Town-Making in Eastern McLean County, Illinois: A Geographic Microstudy," Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society, (June 1998) XL:2 pp. 32.32.
- Combined Indexed Atlas 1856 - 1914, McLean County, Illinois (Bloomington: McLean County Historical Society and McLean County Genealogical Society, 2006) p. 181