Decatur, IL 62521
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incorporated in 1836, is the county seat of
Macon CountyGR6, Illinois in the USA. It is
also the principal city of and is included
in the Decatur, Illinois Metropolitan
Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the
city had a total population of 81,860, but a
2003 estimate showed the population dipped
This town is named after War of 1812 naval
hero Stephen Decatur, Jr.
The city's motto is "Decatur, We Like it
Here" . The old motto was "The Pride of the
Prairie". "The Soybean Capital of the World"
is the unofficial motto. The city symbol is
the Transfer House, an early 20th century
Victorian structure originally located in
the center of town where the city's mass
transit lines met. The Transfer House was
moved in 1963 to save it from destruction as
roads were being built for the increasing
automobile traffic. There is currently an
effort, led by mayor Paul Osborne, to return
the Transfer House to its original location.
Decatur is the location of Millikin
University, founded by James Millikin. The
city is largely industrial in character,
with production facilities for Caterpillar,
Archer Daniels Midland, and Tate & Lyle
(previously A. E. Staley). The Firestone
factory in Decatur closed at the end of 2001
after the dispute with Ford Motor Company.
In the transition from a manufacturing to a
service economy, Decatur has experienced
significant population loss: in 1980, the
population was 94,081.
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