Because Allan and I were only there for one day for a specific purpose (To see the college football game), we did not have time to do much in Macomb. Here are some places I would like to see:
a. The Old Bailey House  at 100 South Campbell [309-833-1727]
It is an Eastlake style Victorian that is maintained by the McDonough County Historical Preservation Society. It was built by W.S. Baley [founder & first president of Union National Bank of Macomb}
The main floor is open to the public ( weekdays (;00 am-5:00 pm & weekends by appointment).
It has beautiful hard wood and parquet floors, wonderful lighting fixtures, unique wood and iron fireplaces, and an elaborate cherry staircase.
b. Historic Barn Tours. There are four self-guided tours of historic barns in McDonough County. All of these barns are at least 75 years old. They include "an unusual true-round barn, and the locally unique cross-gable". Get information at 804 West Jackson Street in Macomb (309-833-1315).
c. University Art Gallery/Museum. It is located at Western Illinois University (309-298-1587)
It is devoted to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting works of visual art.
d. Museum of Geology at Tillman Hall at Western Illinois University (309-298-1368) It's an arm of the Geology Department at the university. It is for students and the general public. It houses at least 40 displays that cover Earth history [minerals, rock, and their economic uses] such as coal, oil, and gas, animals, plants, and the environment. Open 9:00 am until noon and then from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.
Be sure to see all the photos of the beautiful Sherman Building, the first building built at Western
Western Illinois University has about 12,000+ students and is able to provide personal support and attention to its students. It was established in 1899 and was first called Western Illinois Normal School.
Today is offers 47 graduate undergraduate and 33 graduate degree programs. The campus includes: The University Farm, Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, University Art Gallery, Geology Museum, and the Illinois Business Hall of Fame.
The school has a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic fields, and a golf course. Western's intercollegiate athletic teams compete in ten men's and eight women's sports at the NCAA Division I level, I-AA in football.
As Allan and I drove around the square in Macomb, Illinois,, we noted that the McDonough County Courthouse really dominated the downtown square. Its architecture is Second Empire Revival. The building is made of limestone and red brick. All the literature I could find says that it was built in 1879 and cost $155,370.00. Also, it was renovated in 1978-1979 and brought back to its original stone and brick exterior as well as the walnut and oak finish interior.
This building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is still a working courthouse as it serves as the center the McConough County government.
The county was named in honor of Thomas Macdonough who defeated a British Squadron in the War of 1812. A statue of him can be found in Macomb in Chandler Park.