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Macon County, Illinois

62521, 62522, 62523

The Original Home of the Chicago Bears
The Soy Bean Capital of the World
The Pride of the Prairie

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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Illinois state capital is Springfield.
The population of Decatur is approximately 83,885 (1990), 76122 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 37,470 (1990), 32344 (2010).
The amount of land area in Decatur is 96.035 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Decatur is 42 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 11.16 sq kilometers.
The distance from Decatur to Washington DC is 679 miles.
The distance to the Illinois state capital is 40 miles. (as the crow flies)
Decatur is positioned 39.85 degrees north of the equator and 88.93 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Decatur average annual rainfall is 37 inches per year
Decatur average annual snowfall is 19 inches per year.
Decatur average temperature is 51 degrees F.


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History & History Related Items

The Staley Bears football team was formed here in the 1900's, until it was sold to another person in Chicago to become the Chicago Bears Football team.
"Although Decatur was officially laid out on June 1, 1829, it underwent some of its greatest changes in the first quarter of this century. After the first railroad touched here in 1854, the city began to grow and, less than a half century later, it was a community of over 30,000 people. In the early 1900's, Decatur even had two automobile factories. One made the "Comet" and the other made the "Pan-American" from an article in the "Decatur Tribune", 30 April 1997
We are referred to as the Soy Bean Capital of the World, with AE Staley and Archer Daniels Midland here in town. We used to have cable cars downtown, and all sorts of other interesting things.
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Decatur Community News

I am looking for one of the Decatur-made "Comets" or "Pan-Americans" for our local museum. If you can be of assistance, please contact me through e-mail

Decatur Schools

Millikin University
1184 W Main Street
Decatur, Illinois 62522
Toll-free: 800-373-7733 Decatur


Decatur is 35-40 miles from Gays, Illinois, which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for its Famous 2-Story Outhouse, and it is prominently displayed in the center of town in Gays.

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