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The Pekin Centenary 1849-1949: A Souvenir Book Commemorating 100 Years of Community Progress in the City of Pekin, Illinois (Classic Reprint) [Tapa blanda]

Pekin Association Of Commerce. Centenary Committee


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The Frontier Community Pekln became a city August 20, 1849, after its birth 25 years earlier in the rough and ready frontier tradition and its development as a community in that same atmosphere of violence and hardship. The river valley was dotted with Indian villages and little else in 1824 when Jonathan Tharpe built the first log cabin ever erected on the site of the city of Pekin and began farming an area including much of what is now Pekin sprincipal business district. Only 10 years earlier there had been organized warfare on both sides of the river between Indians and American troops and militia, ending in the withdrawal of the troops. Even Port Clark, temporarily erected at the site of Peoria, had been abandoned and burned. However, Tharpe had no trouble with the Indians that roamed the area and had camps and villages at Pekin, on Ten Mile creek near what is now East Peoria, and on the far side of the river, and others followed him promptly. Just three years after he built his cabin, Mordecai Mobley brought in the first consignment of goods and Jacob Tharpe, Jonathan sfather, set up the first store in his smoke house. That year, William H. Hodge, the county surveyor, made the original plat of Pekin. He had no surveyors chain, and made his survey with string, a fact which accounts for the variety of measurements engineers still discover when resurveying the original town properties and blocks. One year later, in 1828, just four years after the first cabin went up, a Methodist mission was established here, and settlers began to move up to the river landing. A bsolam and Joseph Dillon moved to Townsite ,as it was called, and Major Nathan Cromwell came up from Sand Prairie vthere he had settled, and Gideon Hawley, William Haines and Dr. John Warner became Tharpe sneighbors. The first steamship came chugging up the river, churning water, blowing off steam a
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