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John Schwab Grocery and Riverfront Visit…

Built in 1852, the John Schwab Grocery (formerly the Powell Press Building) was...

Sinking of the Columbia Steamboat

A notable catastrophe in the history of United States inland waterway navigation was...

Richard Pryor

One of the more revolutionary, and controversial, figures in the history of standup...

Proctor Hospital

In 1882, Thomas McIlvane, O.B. Will and John Hamilton, three Peoria area doctors,...

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bradley-park Bradley Park was a gift from Lydia Moss Bradley, the founder of Bradley University. She named a portion of the park in honor of her daughter, Laura, who died at age 15. By the time the park opened in...
christopher-columbus-monument In Laura Bradley Park, at the end of Columbia Terrace, stands a monument of Christopher Columbus holding a globe in his left hand and calipers in his right. On October 15, 1902, the Briggs Real Estate...
civil-war-memorial The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil War Memorial was erected by the Ladies' Memorial Day Association through donations from the city, including pennies from area schoolchildren. The sculpture was dedicated...
constitution-garden In 1989, the community of Peoria put forth an effort to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. Along the entrance to the Riverfront Park, the city...
forest-park-nature-center  Guided by a Forest Park naturalist, hikers move silently up the valley trail over a thick blanket of snow. In the light of the full moon, they can make out the smooth path, slender trees, and the...
franklin-street-bridgeCommunities growing along rivers are preoccupied with bridges. Employment, transportation and communication, even family life are affected by the ability to move across the rivers. In the history of...
george-washington-bust To commemorate the bicentennial, sculptor Avard Fairbanks created the 48" x 32" x 27" bronze bust of George Washington in 1975. With the bicentennial approaching, Fairbanks said, "There will be plenty...
glen-oak-park The Peoria park system was established in 1893. Its first purchase, originally known as Birkett Hollow, consisted of 72 acres and cost ,000 in 1894. An artificial lake, with Rose Island in its...
grand-view-driveWhen Theodore Roosevelt visited Peoria on October 10, 1910, he called Grand View Drive the "World's Most Beautiful Drive." Grand View is revered as one of the most scenic drives in Peoria because of its...
illinois-central-college Illinois Central College, otherwise known as ICC, has provided quality, affordable higher education to Central Illinois for almost 50 years. Having produced national champions in women's basketball,...
peace-and-harvest On September 3, 1939, England declared war on Germany, commencing World War II. Ironically, the sculptures Peace and Harvest were unveiled during a ceremony in Peoria this same day. Produced under the...
robert-ingersoll-statue This statue, near the entrance to Glen Oak Park at Perry and Abington streets, was dedicated in memory of Robert Ingersoll on October 28, 1911. The statue's sculptor, Fritz Triebel, a former Peorian...
spoon-river The Spoon River weaves through four counties in Illinois as a living reminder of prairie history. It begins in northern Stark County and extends through Peoria and Knox Counties. After flowing through...
springdale-cemetery One of the largest cemeteries in the greater Peoria area, Springdale Cemetery boasts a long and fascinating history. The Springdale Cemetery Association was formed in 1854, and the State Seal of...
springdale-savanna Springdale Savanna is a rare remnant of tall grass oak savanna located in Springdale Cemetery. This ecological community was once dominant on the bluffs overlooking the Illinois River in Peoria. Charles...
the-steamboat-eraBefore the 1830s, when the first steamboat arrived in Peoria, river transportation was severely limited. While the early French bateaux and later American keelboats were easily able to make the trip...
tricentennial-tree Peoria's oldest tree is the 300-year-old bur white oak in the Peoria Park District's Giant Oak Park on High Street. A seedling from the tree was planted on the grounds of the Illinois State capitol on...
upper-free-bridge The wood floored Upper Free Bridge was built at the near the location of the current McCluggage Bridge in 1888. Before the construction of the bridge, people would cross the river by ferry at a rate of...

 

 

 

 

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