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Shirley
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County McLean
Elevation 764 ft (232.9 m)
Coordinates 40°24′26″N 89°3′45″W / 40.40722°N 89.0625°W / 40.40722; -89.0625
Population 378 (2000)
Founded 1854
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61772
Area code 309
Location of Shirley within Illinois
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Location of Shirley within Illinois

Shirley is an unincorporated community located in southwestern McLean County, Illinois, United States, just off Interstate 55. It was founded in 1854 and currently has a population of 378. Shirley is home to the Funk Prairie Home & Rock Museum.

History

The town of Shirley was laid out on 14 September 1866 by John M Foster (12 November 1806 – 11 May 1898). Foster was a native of Charleston County, New Hampshire. Before the village was established there was a switch at the location and a few lots had been platted. Foster built a brick house and store south of the railroad. The original town consisted of ten small blocks, mostly on the north side of the St. Louis Chicago and Alton Railroad. In 1874, Foster’s home and a store and the station were on the south side of the tracks and a warehouse and mill were on the north side. In 1895 there was a Methodist church, a Christian church, and a hotel north of the tracks; at that time were about twenty houses scattered on both sides of the railroad.


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