A Super Place called Metropolis

Metropolis Welcome Sign

This blog entry not only includes a unique name of a town, but is now introducing the second theme of this blog…the big statues and unusual sites along the road.

Metropolis Signs

Metropolis is the home of the Giant Superman Statue – a 200 foot tall statue of the Man of Steel.

Funny thing is, as I drove into this town, the first big statue I saw was in front of a grocery store and was NOT the Giant Superman Statue!!

The town is really all about Superman.

 

 

 

 

The Giant non-Superman Statue – Big John the Grocery Clerk
Giant Superman with not so giant Sumoflam
Flying Superman Statue in Metropolis
Giant Superman Mural with all of the Supermen


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Metropolis, IL

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Is This Normal?

I have been to lots of places in the US and Canada with interesting place names.  Today’s post is the first of many to show the place.  In some cases, all I have is a sign.  In others, there are stories to be told.

Today…Normal, IL

Normal, Illinois?

Originally settled as North Bloomington in the 1850’s, the town was the home of the first “normal school” in Illinois. Based on the French teaching schools, the term “normal” was the general name for all schools set up to be teachers’ colleges. The bill stipulated that the permanent location would be the place that offered the most favorable inducement. Jesse Fell took up the campaign for Bloomington and obtained financial backing totaling $141,000, which surpassed Peoria, the closest contender, by $61,000. Abraham Lincoln, in his capacity as an attorney, drew up the bond guaranteeing that Bloomington citizens would fulfill their financial commitments.

A Normal Water Tower

The town officially was called Normal in 1865, based on the school of the same name.  The school eventually became Illinois State University, but the town has remained Normal ever since.

Where is Normal?


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