Each venue represents a pioneer in the business industry and a piece of Decatur’s history:
· James Millikin, a banker, founded Millikin University in 1901.
· Hieronymous Mueller was Decatur’s first city plumber. He invented the water tapper and many water and gas products, which are still manufactured locally.
· A.E. Staley operated the largest corn starch manufacturing plant, which is now operated by Tate & Lyle.
· Richard Oglesby was a US Senator, war veteran and the only three time governor of Illinois.
· John Culver owned a monument business and later created an electric company which eventually became Ameren Illinois. He and his brother Col. James Culver did the first reconstruction of Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb.
Learn more about who they were, what they did and where they lived as you tour each location and taste local cuisine while sipping a cold beverage. Parking is available at Central Christian Church where you can catch the trolley.