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  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Andy Craig, shows a circus
    parading down Gallatin Street upon its arrival in town.
     

  • Illinois men travel to Vietnam Exhibit

    Last weekend my son, Mat, along with fellow re-enactors, all members of Charlie Co., lst Battalion 1/502, 101st Airborne, headquartered in Chicago, traveled to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to take part in the grand opening of the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • Vandalia Memories

    An old postcard showed one of the earlier bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In a photo taken in the 1940s are these three brothers who moved to Vandalia when the family purchased an existing business, one that's heard from daily.

  • Maurice Etcheson told his WWII story

    A few weeks ago, Ron and Sue Etcheson loaned me a scrapbook begun by Ron’s mother at the time her husband entered the service during World War II.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, dated 1916, shows the Charters Hotel, which was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, the spot currenly occupied by Old Capitol View Restaurant.

    In Vandalia's capital days, legislators stayed in this hotel. In the background of the photo is the cupola of the Masonic building.

     

  • Iles help set up Springfield as capital

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia with a population of 800 “unchanged since it was founded fifteen years ago.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

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  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Fire destroyed the retail section of Leo Brown Lumber Co. Owner Gary Brown announced plans to rebuild.
    The University of Illinois basketball team held a scrimmage game in Vandalia, which was attended by more than 2,700 fans. Coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary, autographed copies of Henson’s new book.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –Unemployment in Fayette County decreased from 12.5 percent in August to 11.6 in September, according to a report from Job Services of Illinois.