Historical marker honors Bloomington as 'Trapeze Capital of the World'

BLOOMINGTON — The newest Illinois State Historical Marker honors the legacy and contributions that Bloomington-Normal had to the circus, especially...

August 13, 2023
4:54 AM

BLOOMINGTON — The newest Illinois State Historical Marker honors the legacy and contributions that Bloomington-Normal had to the circus, especially the flying trapeze. The marker sits at 200 E. Washington St. in downtown Bloomington, the site of a former YMCA gym where aerialists and trapeze performers trained from the 1900s to 1950s. In a small ceremony Saturday afternoon, the marker was unveiled by the McLean County Museum of History with support from Milner Library at Illinois State University, the Illinois State  Historical Society and Bloomington Stars Take Flight, an organization that's also seeking to put a public statue at the site.

D. Jack Alkire