Monuments in Hoopeston, Illinois

Monuments in Hoopeston, Illinois
The quintessential small Midwestern town, Hoopeston is known as the Sweetcorn Capital of the World. Located on the northern edge of Vermillion County, this small city pays tribute to its agricultural heritage by hosting the annual Sweetcorn Festival and as well as the nationally famous Sweetheart Pageant. Several monuments and historic sites around town also pay tribute to its Corn Belt heritage.

Tribute to the American Farmer

In addition to manicured lawns, children's playgrounds, swimming, fishing, tennis, baseball and miniature golf, McFerren Park, Hoopeston's largest, hosts a unique monument honoring farmers across the country. Designed by Dana Thomas for the 2004 Farm Progress Show, a field sculpture of a giant corn stalk stands 16 feet above the dirt in which it is "planted." It is made completely out of farm materials and a nearby sign labels it a "Tribute to the American Farmer."

McFerren Park
Hoopeston, IL 60942‎
217-283-5813‎

Lorraine Theater

This historic theater in downtown Hoopeston was built in 1922. Today it doubles as a heritage site and a quality venue to view the latest films. Lorraine Theater's spacious auditoriums boasts plush seats, ample leg room and an SDDS Digital Sound System, an apparatus guaranteeing quality sound from wherever you choose to sit. The main auditorium has the largest screen in Vermillion County. The auditorium itself is so large that seats are guaranteed even without a prior booking (in the extremely rare case that no seats are available, a free ticket to a later showing is given).

Lorraine Theater
324 E. Main St.
Hoopeston, IL 60942
217-283-5311

Floral Hill Cemetery

Across the Iroquois County line to the north of Hoopeston is this historic cemetery, established in 1871, the same year Hoopeston was unofficially founded. Its peaceful, shaded grounds contain almost 10,000 internments. Although most of the cemetery and its gate are physically located in Iroquois County, the office is set on Main Street in Hoopeston.

Floral Hill Cemetery
301 W. Main St.
Hoopeston, IL‎
217-283-6311‎

Article Written By Anthon Jackson

Anthon Jackson is a writer and photographer. Since obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern studies in 2008, he has authored travel guides for the likes of Rough Guides, A-Z World Travels and Adventure Journey while his work has also been featured by such publications as "GEOspecial," "Reader's Digest," Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler.

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