Magnolia, Illinois, 1876
Ever since I found this old drawing (on ...il.gov or somesuch), I've been enchanted. Apparently in pencil, this artistry also haunts my imagination. They celebrate Morel (mushroom) Days here, every spring. Yes, the town is still there but I'm not sure how much it's grown since the days portrayed.
I drove into town out of curiosity at the end of Morel Days, a few years back. Evidently, the house pictured on the left remains from these times! If so, this view is toward the west in north-central Illinois. And yes, the land is still very flat-lying, being a glacial melt outwash plain.