A look back at history photos of the Charleston area.
1985: Charlie Platt of Decatur, prepares to ascend over Charleston during the Sesquicentennial celebration.
1985: Kevin Moore of Boonville, Mo., watches balloons fly over Charleston during the Sesquicentennial celebration.
1986: Former rail passenger office, left, and freight warehouse on north edge of Charleston.
1980: Bill Kreuger makes Pizzelli cookies at hearthside of the Moore Home State Memorial site.
1969: Abe Lincoln glances warily at his horse before mounting in Decatur. Stephen A. Douglas picks the easier way to travel, in the 1912 Ford depot hack of Jimmie Soules of Decatur. The two men were en route to Lincoln to promote the Lincoln Trail Festival. Jim Seed of Charleston portrayed Lincoln and Don Drake of Charleston portrayed Douglas.
1969: Abe Lincoln rides through Decatur. Lincoln was portrayed by Jim Seed, executive secretary of the Charleston Tourism Development Corp. He was en route to Lincoln to promote the Lincoln Trail Festival in Charleston.
1971: Lafferty Nature Study Center has winding dirt paths, rustling leaves and wooden foot bridges towering over the small ribbon of a creek below.
1971: The Center was named after the late Russell Lafferty, Charleston's city clerk from 1949-68. It's only about three acres but large enough to serve its function. It's a place for birds and squirrels and inquisitive children and tired adults who want to escape from the world of concrete.
1986: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing in Mattoon to discuss possible pollution problems in the Kickapoo Creek.
1982: Jerry Myerscough, left, and Ken Ott, signal victory for Diamond Lill in the turtle races during the Fall Festival on the square.
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