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Events Calendar


Jun 21

- Annie
- Chris Kattan at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Magician Mitch Williams
- Metamora Old Settlers Days
- Peoria Chiefs
- Princeville Heritage Days
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jun 22

- Double Double
- JammSammich Beach Bash
- Annie
- Boeing Boeing
- Celebrate Recovery
- Chris Kattan at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Fourth Fridays
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Metamora Old Settlers Days
- Moonlight Cruise
- Olde English Faire
- Pan! and Hillbilly Hankerin'
- Peoria Chiefs
- Princeville Heritage Days
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Top Dog At The Dome

Jun 23

- Bees & Butterflies
- Bubblegum Jack
- Free Sports Memorabilia Appraisal
- Heartache Tonight
- Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
- Peoria Chiefs
- Robert's Run for Dyslexia
- WOD-A-THON
- Annie
- Boeing Boeing
- Chris Kattan at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Metamora Old Settlers Days
- Olde English Faire
- Princeville Heritage Days
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Top Dog At The Dome

Jun 24

- Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob
- Pan! and Hillbilly Hankerin'
- Peoria Chiefs
- Boeing Boeing
- Olde English Faire
- Peoria Muni Band
- Princeville Heritage Days
- Top Dog At The Dome

Jun 25

- Best of Central Illinois Preps
- Boeing Boeing
- Peoria Chiefs

Jun 26

- Peoria Chiefs
- Boeing Boeing
- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Jun 27

- Boeing Boeing
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Muni Band

Jun 28

- David Hoffman
- Boeing Boeing
- Magician Mitch Williams

Jun 29

- Here Come The Mummies
- Peoria Muni Band
- Boeing Boeing
- Celebrate Recovery
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise

Jun 30

- Water Lantern Festival
- Boeing Boeing
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 1

- Volksfest
- Peoria Muni Band

Jul 3

- Fireworks Spectacular
- Free Fallin'
- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Jul 4

- 4th of July Backyard BBQ
- Happy Independence Day!
- Red, White & Boom

Jul 5

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Magician Mitch Williams
- Whisper & Shout

Jul 6

- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jul 7

- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 8

- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Jul 10

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Jul 13

- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 14

- The Brazilionaires
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 15

- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 16

- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 17

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard
- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 18

- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 19

- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 20

- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Bridges of Madison County

Jul 21

- Kid's Night Out
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- The Bridges of Madison County


 
Peoria History

Peoria History
 

Throughout the years, Peoria has lived through a rich and interesting history, full of culture and diversity. 
 

 

The Native Americans 

The inhabitance of Peoriacan be traced as far back as 10,000B.C. with Native American tribes.  Many artifacts have been found that suggest these tribes were very organized and ritualistic, with a great respect and reverence for nature.  By the middle of the 17th century, the area was occupied by the Illini Indians, whose major tribes were the  Peoria , the Kaskaskia, the Michigamea, the  Cahokia , and the Tamaroa. 
 

Over time the populations of the Peoria tribe decreased as a result of warfare with neighboring Indian nations.  As a result of the Indian Removal Acts of the 1830’s, the small number of Peorians that remained in the area was forced to move to Oklahoma .  Above is a picture of a Peorian chief and to the left, the Peorian tribal flag.


 

The French

 

The French first came into Peoria's history in 1673, when Father Jaques Marquette and Louis Joliette explored Peoria's shores.  Seven years later, Robert Cavalier de LaSalle and Henri de Tonti arrived on the eastern bank of the Illinois River and made Fort Crevecouer, a drawing of which can be seen to the right. 

Peoria's first village grew around Fort St. Louis II, also known as Fort Piimiteoui, which is thought to have been located near the foot of Mary and Adams streets.  This
fort was built by Tonti and Francois Daupin de LaForest.  It became the first Europen settlement in Illinois, complete with trading posts, a blacksmith shop, a chapel, a winepress, and a windmill.

During the War of 1812, American forces believed that the French villagers were supporting the Native Americans.  In their war efforts, the Americans burned and razed the French village to the ground while any living inhabitants were captured and sent down the river to Alton.  After that, the Americans had gained control of Peoria.

 

 The Americans  
 

In 1813, American soldiers built Fort Clark on the land that was once occupied by the French village.  Six years later Josiah Fulton and six other men came to the area and became the first American pioneers to settle here.  Beginning with those settlers, Peoria flourished, and finally in 1845, Peoria was able to be considered a city.  To the left is a piece of a map of Adams and Edmund streets in Peoria from 1867.   

 

 

 Culture and Industry
 

Peoria's cultural history is infamous for it's role in entertainment in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Peoria had a diverse variety of people due to the different immigrants who had settled here.  Because of the eclectic tastes from different cultures, new shows would play in Peoria before they tried to make it big on Broadway.  If the people of Peoria liked the show, it was considered to have a good chance at success; however, if it flopped, it was back to the drawing board.  Thus came the phrase: "If it plays in Peoria, it'll play anywhere." 
Peoria also has some historical roots in the business of breweries and distilleries.  Andrew Eitle began Peoria's first brewery in 1837 and Almiron S. Cole the first distillery in 1843.  From those beginnings until prohibition, Peoria led the world in the distiling industry.  To the left is a 1937 drawing of Peoria's old distillery, Hiram Walker and Sons, Inc.  In it's heyday, the distillery was the largest in the world and was able to grind 20,000 bushels of grain each day.  Many of Peoria's historically wealthy became so as a result of the distiling industry.

For more information on Peoria's history or for information about historical tours of Peoria, please visit the The Peoria Historical Society's website.

 
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