Mattoon - It's the heart of Coles County; at one time, Mattoon used to be a hub for railroad traffic in central Illinois.
On Thursday, the Coles County Historical Society released pictures of Mattoon that had never been seen. The pictures, dating back to the 1860's, show two of Mattoon's first prominent businesses.
"The significance of the pictures is the fact that these are images of Mattoon, Illinois, that were previously unknown. They help, especially the one, helps show the progression of the city. It actually shows some of the merchants, some of the people that were lining streets of Mattoon," historical society executive director Kim Bauer told WAND News.
The historical society obtained the two pictures through a local auction.