Florence

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Atlas Town Hall
Florence Bridge
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Detroit township was settled by Lewis Allen in 1823. The pioneers had many encounters with wild animals during the early settlement. Detroit has two towns, Florence being the oldest and laid out in 1836 by the Florence Company, composed principally of Pittsfield business men, among whom were Austin Barber, William Ross, Robert R. Greeen and Thomas Worthington. In the old Illinois Gazeteer, Florence was known by the name of Augusta. Florence has the honor of being the place where nearly one thousand men of Pike County's bravest and best were mustered into the United States service in 1862 and afterward known as the Ninety-ninth or Pike County Regiment of Volunteers. (Florence had a third name prior to Augusta, I just can not seem to remember what it was Chris this is my note to you and as of yet can not find it anywhere.) Detroit Village was founded in 1837 by Peter H. Lucas, and is surrounded by beautiful farming country and its people are among Pike County's best.

This is the oldest town in Detroit township, and was founded in 1836 by the Florence Company; this company was composed principally of Pittsfield business men, among whom were Austin Barber, Robert R. Greene, Wm. Ross, Thos. Worthington and James Davis. The town is located on the Illinois river, and was intended for river transportation for the town of Pittsfield, and a gravel road was constructed from Pittsfield to this place. The land was first settled by John Roberts. Col. Wm. Ross and Stephen Gay kept the first store in the place. A saw-mill was erected here in 1836, by the Florence Company, which was converted into a steam flouring mill in 1842. During the early pioneer days Florence was known by the name of Augusta.
Submitted by: Roni (Rhonda Pressey Miller)