Leigh Morris

1871: the year of the great fires

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    In 1922 the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October as Fire Prevention Week in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire.

A most magnificent building

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    It has been more than eight years since the Illinois Building was sold, ending an interesting chapter of Central Illinois history.

A piece of living history

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    For the past 28-plus years, my wife and I have had the pleasure and privilege of driving near and far in a special piece of living history.

A place called Moscow Bay

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    When the great mass of ice began its steady retreat to the north some 10,000 years ago, it left wonderful gifts in its wake, including the Illinois River.