Unfortunately, nobody will ever watch another game from the Field House as the last basketball game ever took place in 2008. The Field House was the home of the Bradley University Men's Team from 1949 through 1983 and through 2008 was the home of the Woman's Team. Many nights were spent here during my college years in the early 70's watching basketball games, seeing future president's (Ronald Reagan) speak and watching all types of entertainment from the Carpenter's to Sly and the Family Stone.
The new on campus athletic facility on this site was starting to take shape on my last visit to Peoria in March, 2009. From the pictures you might be able to get a feeling on how it was to watch a basketball game with 7,200 screaming fans rooting for the home town Braves.
When they took down the facility they offered the theatre seats and bleachers for sale. I now have a 4 foot section of the red bleachers in my home.
Ever since I can remember, whenever I heard the name Peoria, I also thought of Caterpillar Company.
It all started back in 1890 when Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best experimented with various forms of steam tractors for use in farming (separately, with separate companies). Holt had the first steam track-type tractor, and the first gas track-type tractor. By 1915, the Holt "Caterpillar" track-type tractors were used by the Allies in World War I.
In 1925, The Holt Manufacturing Company & the C.L. Best Tractor Company merge to form Caterpillar Tractor Co..
In 1931, the first Diesel Sixty Tractor rolled off the assembly line in East Peoria, Illinois.
In the 1940s, the Caterpillar product line included motor graders, blade graders, elevating graders, terracers & electrical generating sets. Once again, Caterpillar products are used in the War (Second World War).
By the 1950s Caterpillar goes overseas in Great Britain.
In the 1950s, Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. form one of the first joint ventures in Japan to include partial U.S. ownership!
The early 1980s, with the worldwide recession, caused dramatic reduction in the employment arena, and Peoria suffered.
In 186 Caterpillar became Caterpillar, Inc. reflecting the company's diversity.
Caterpillar celebrated its 75th birthday in the year 2000
And, in 2003, Caterpillar became the 1st engine manufacturer to offer a complete line of 2004 model year clean diesel engines that fully complied with the U.S. Protection Agency. It's known as ACERT.
Whatever happens to Caterpillar certainly has an effect on the economy of the citizens of Peoria.
Bring earplugs so you will not have to put up with all of the lame drivel played on Peoria radio. Always wear your seatbelt. Not for safety. To keep from getting robbed! Avoid McDonalds on University closest to War Memorial. None of the food there is any good. Learn how to blow your nose as loud as you can in every restaurant you go to in the Peoria area. Wait until you have finished your meal before you do it, too! Far be it for you to spread germs to your food when it would be so much better to send them off to some one else! Especially if you are over the age of 45. These are the worst offenders of having no manners here!
Everybody over the age of 40 blows their nose VERY loudly in restaurants everywhere here in town. Nobody has the common courtesy of going to the rest room of doing something like this. And aren't these the same people saying the kids these days do not know how to behave? Oh ... ... ... You will not get out of town without being force fed music from phil collins EVERY WHERE YOU GO!!!!! Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!