Mattoon, IL 61938
About Mattoon Tourism Committee
Mattoon Tourism and Arts invites you to visit Mattoon, IL. As a year-round tourism destination, we always have something to offer. We boast great attractions like the Progress Square and other high-quality art illuminations of the city. Mattoon is also home to fun events that include the Bagelfest, the Holiday Parade, and the Mattoon Lightworks. We know you will have a memorable time here in Mattoon.
Call the Mattoon Tourism Office today at 217-258-6286 to learn more about why you should make Mattoon your next travel destination.
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A Little Taste of Mattoon's History
The Lincoln family has long been part of the area’s history. They first settled in Coles County in 1831 on a farm about three miles south of the future site of Mattoon. Although he never lived in Coles County, the future President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, frequently traveled through the area as a circuit-riding lawyer. One of his famous debates with Stephen Douglas took place in Coles County in 1858.
Manufacturing also became an important part of the local economy between World War I and World War II. The discovery of oil in 1940 gave Mattoon’s growth a great boost.
Visit our website for more information or give us a call at 217-258-6286 if you have any questions.
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