The town of Vermillion embraces that part of T. 32, R. 2, lying southwest of the Vermillion river. It was among the earliest settlements in the county. It contains a fine tract of timber, called Bailey's Grove, through the centre of which runs Bailey's creek, while to the northeast it rests on the Vermillion river. This grove was doubtless the attraction that induced the settlement, for here, as elsewhere, the first settlements were all along the edge of the best timber.
[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Page 287 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]