Historian Greg Koos has been working to republish nineteenth-century county atlases of McLean County, Illinois, and in the process has noted some peculiar details.
In the 1874 Atlas, a lithographer for the Dennis Kenyon farm in Mount Hope Township even took note of a damaged tree in the front yard. "Look at that tree," said Koos. "It's been blasted by lightning."
There also is a bit of whimsy that only the careful examiner catches.
In the drawing of the A. Kittle residence, Market and Hinshaw streets, Bloomington, 1874, people are standing on top of lawn ornaments. [Link]