Welcome LaSalle Public Library and Illinois Valley Local History Collection

Hi Readers, we’re delighted that the IDHH is continuing to grow. We’re welcoming LaSalle Public Library and the Illinois Valley Local History Collection.

The Illinois Valley Local History Collection is a gem. It includes over 80 photographs from the earliest parts of the 20th century, including images of city life as the city was being built, the Illinois and Michigan Canal, and the coal industry in North Central Illinois.

Here are a few choice images from the full collection:

Illinois Central Railroad Bridge, c. 1910.  LaSalle Public Library. Illinois Valley Local History Collection. Image courtesy of the LaSalle Public Library.
Snow Removal on First Street, c. 1910.  LaSalle Public Library. Illinois Valley Local History Collection. Image courtesy of the LaSalle Public Library.
Illinois and Michigan Canal, LaSalle,  c. 1910 LaSalle Public Library. Illinois Valley Local History Collection. Image courtesy of the LaSalle Public Library.
LaSalle Carbon Coal Company, c. 1910 LaSalle Public Library. Illinois Valley Local History Collection. Image courtesy of the LaSalle Public Library.
Castendyke Brothers Farm Machinery, c. 1910 LaSalle Public Library. Illinois Valley Local History Collection. Image courtesy of the LaSalle Public Library.

To browse the full collection, please visit the IDHH here.

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