Information on Audio Tour of Town Square

The Carbondale Preservation Commission, in cooperation with Noteworthy Communication of Carbondale, recently completed an Audio Tour of Carbondale's Town Square. The Audio Tour was funded in part through a grant from the Illinois Historic Preservation agency and the City of Carbondale. It portrays Historically significant events which occurred in the Town Square over the past 150 years.

The 45 minute Audio Tour on compact disc includes a Historical introduction to Southern Illinois, the founding of Carbondale in 1852 by Daniel Harmon Brush and the creation of the town plat with Brush's personal philosophy of how a town and its people should live. Other events highlighted in the tour include the arrival of the first train to Carbondale, the development of the railroad facilities in the Town Square and the Illinois Central Railroad's expansion and influence on the development of Carbondale at the turn of the century. The role of several Carbondale area Residents in the Civil War and the building boom that occurred in and around the Town Square following the Civil War are also chronicled. The tour concludes with Town Square celebrations and the famous people who have visited Carbondale.

The Audio Tour CD is available for purchase at Carbondale Main Street.

The Audio Tour is available for check out at the following locations: City Hall - Planning Division, Carbondale Main Street and Carbondale Public Library.

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