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Guide to Mattoon
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Welcome to Mattoon – the small, quiet community with large bagels. The self-proclaimed “Bagel Capital of the World,” is home to Lender’s Bagels factory, the world’s largest bagel and the annual Lender’s Bagelfest. Mattoon has a mere 10.3 square miles of land and a population of less than 19,000 people.
Mattoon was named after William Mattoon, a man who helped construct the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. In 1854, settlers thought the land at the rail line’s junction with the Illinois Central was a perfect spot for a new community. With the westward movement of the railroads, Mattoon saw great amounts of growth with the first churches, schools, and businesses being established. By 1856 there were more than 100 buildings in the town, and five years later the town was officially incorporated.
Between World War I and II, manufacturing became an important part of Mattoon’s economy. The town saw even more growth with the discovery of oil in 1940. Mattoon’s location in the great Midwestern farmbelt has provided rich farmland for the town, leading to much prosperity.
Things to Do in Mattoon:
Nobody ever said living in a small town means you’ll be bored. If you are a fan of indoor and outdoor recreation then there are several things to do in Mattoon. You can’t forget about the annual events that fill the city with so much joy and excitement.
For all those that love spending time outdoors, you’ll love these activities. Spend a day on the shore or on a boat at Lake Mattoon. There are three golf courses in the area for you to tee off such as the Rogala Public Links. The Douglas-Hart Nature Center has trails winding throughout the 35-acre facility along with a bird observation area. Take a family trip to one of the three apple orchards in the area, where you can enjoy cider, caramel apples, apple doughnuts, and apple butter.
For some fun around town indoors, check out the following places. The Mattoon Area Family YMCA is a popular spot for residents to take adult or youth fitness classes, play sports, take swim lessons and more. The Silver Star Roller Rink is the premier roller rink of Central Illinois and the perfect place for a family gathering, a birthday party, or just a fun night.
There are two major festivals that take place annually in Mattoon and they are sure to brighten your spirits. Since the arrival of the Lender’s Bagels factory in 1986, the annual “Lender’s Bagelfest” has taken place, starting the first year as a simple free bagel breakfast. Today this event looks more like a three-day, July weekend festival that includes a bagel breakfast, live entertainment, a Ferris wheel, a Miss Bagelfest Pageant, and much more. To add more holiday cheer to the mix is Mattoon Lightworks, the annual festival of holiday lights that runs from November through December. You’ll get to see a wide variety of static and animated light displays, and see the live nativity every Friday night in December.
What to Consider When Moving to Mattoon:
Mattoon, like every other city, has its share of facts, both necessary and just fun. In case you haven’t done all your research on Mattoon just yet, here’s some information that you might want to consider before moving to a new apartment in Mattoon.
We’ve all heard of the fast food chain Burger King, but very few people know that Mattoon is home to the original Burger King — unrelated to the fast food chain. The owners of this Mattoon restaurant actually sued the fast food chain in 1968. It became a pretty well-known case in U.S. trademark law. It was ruled that federal trademark registration had priority over state law, giving the larger Burger King rights to the name beyond a 20-mile radius around the original Burger King. Today, the closest fast food Burger King franchise is located 25 miles away in Tuscola, Illinois.
Small town or big city, the economy is always important. In Mattoon, educational institutions are the top employers with Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon Community Unit School District 2, and Lake Land College providing jobs to many of the residents in the city. Other major employers include R.R. Donnelley Printing, Sarah Brush Lincoln Health Center, Consolidated Communications, General Electric Lamp Plant, and AmPad Corporation.
The Mattoon Community Unit School District 2 provides Mattoon with four schools: Riddle Elementary, Arland D.Williams, Jr. Elementary, Mattoon Middle, and Mattoon High. There is also the Neil Armstrong Program at Hawthorne School which educates developmentally disabled children.
Why Mattoon Apartments Are Hot:
Experience a simpler life in one of these Mattoon apartments. Live in a small city filled with the sense of community and friendship that’s hard to find in the big city. Go to a local orchard and enjoy delicious apples in a variety of ways or get something to eat at the original Burger King. Spend some time on the water or on the golf course with your neighbors. Get festive throughout the year with Bagelfest and Lightworks. Move in and begin “Working Together to Build the Future.”
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Lake Land College
- Eastern Illinois University
- Richland Community College
- Parkland College
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Eastern Illinois University was established in 1895.
- The Woodyard Conservation Area contains 206 acres and several picnic areas.
- Charleston Alley Theatre offers live theater performances in the Historic Courthouse Square.
- Fox Ridge State Park features over 2,000 acres of hiking trails, camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding, and more.
- Historic sites include Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site and the Thomas Lincoln Cemetery.
- Nearby Charleston’s downtown square features historic buildings, including a courthouse where Abraham Lincoln once practiced law.