"He passed through Normal, and Bloomington, and Lawndale."

Normal was originally known as North Bloomington but was given the name Normal in February 1865. Normal is adjacent to Bloomington and they are often referred to as the Twin Cities or Bloomington-Normal.

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Bloomington is the more populous of the two towns, and is home to the nationally recognised Illinois Shakespeare festival. Before the 1520s, the area was home to the Kickapoo people.

Lawndale town lies on Interstate 55, south of Kickapoo Creek.

In July 1977, two unidentified birds, referred to as Thunderbirds, swooped over the town. One grabbed a ten year old boy but dropped him soon after, possibly due to the screams of his mother.