|Birdseye view of Mattoon, Illinois|
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Mattoon is perhaps most famous for having concoted Mad Gasser of Mattoon, a notable occurrence of runaway mass hysteria, that I'm sure I'd hate people bringing up if I was from Mattoon, Illinois; so I'm conflicted about mentioning it, but I feel like I must.
For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the Illinois State Historical Society.