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Peoria

Organized in December, 1907, from parts of the original township of Peoria and Richwoods
Towns/Villages: Peoria  Inc. Feb. 21, 1837 and South Peoria
Water Ways: Peoria Lake (Illinois River)

 

Peoria
[Source: John Drury, Peoria County, IL, 1955- Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]

 

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West Peoria

 

Inc.. Nov. 2, 1993
Designation given to that part of the original township of Peoria not given to the Town of the City of Peoria in 1907. 
(See City of Peoria)

 

 

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CITY OF PEORIA 


As the story of Peoria County is largely the story of Peoria city, the reader is referred to the opening historical narrative of this book for details of the city's past. Today, Peoria stands forth as the second largest city in Illinois and as one of America's leading manufacturing centers, famed alike for its great Caterpillar Tractor Company plant and for its great Hiram Walker & Sons distillery. 

Occupying a mid-position on the important Lakes-to-Gulf Waterway and served by a dozen leading railroads and truck lines, Peoria city in 1950 had a total population of 111,856—an increase of 6.4 per cent over its 1940 figure. It has, however, a metropolitan zone embracing both Peoria and Tazewell counties, with a land area of 1,292 square miles and a population of 250,512. This vast zone is linked together by two great bridges over the Illinois River. 

From Lake Peoria, on which the city is located, one can see the extensive plants of Hiram Walker & Sons, Inc., and the National Distillers Products Corporation, two of the largest distilleries in America. On the opposite shore, in East Peoria, stand the many buildings of the Caterpillar Tractor Company, which employs more than 21,000 persons and whose caterpillar tractors and Diesel engines are shipped out to all parts of the world. 

Other leading industrial plants in the Peoria metropolitan area are the Keystone Steel & Wire Company (fences and wire products); Le Tourneau-Westinghouse Company (earth-moving machinery); Pabst Brewing Company (beer); Armour & Company (meats); Altorfer Bros. Company (home laundry equipment); Princess Peggy, Inc. (cotton dresses); R. Herschel Manufacturing Company (farm equipment); Bemis Bros. Bag Company (paper sacks); Hyster Company (industrial trucks); Meyer Furnace Company (air furnaces, air conditioners); Hart-Carter Company (harvesting equipment); and Allied Mills, Inc. (livestock and poultry feeds). 

Peoria city is also the focus of a four-county (Peoria, Fulton, Knox and Henry) coal mining region which employs nearly 3,000 men and produces some 8,000,000 tons of coal annually at an approximate value of $30,000,000. Fronting on Lake Peoria is the city's great Municipal River and Rail Terminal, serving both 
land and water traffic. Just southwest of the city lie the long runways of the Greater Peoria Airport. 

In addition to its industrial plants, Peoria is noted for its Bradley University, founded more than fifty years ago and now one of the Prairie State's leading institutions of higher learning. Here, too, may be found numerous park and riverside drives, including Glen Oak Park, and, across the river, Fort Crevecouer State Park. Fourteen miles northwest of Peoria is located Jubilee College State Park. A village just outside the city is Peoria Heights, which has a population of 5,425—an increase of 24.0 per cent over its 1940 figure. 

[Source: John Drury, Peoria County, IL, 1955- Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]

 

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