Grundy County

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In 1673, Louis Jolliet and Fr. Jacques Marquette were the first Europeans to explore the Mississippi River and the Illinois River valleys. With their canoes loaded with furs, pelts, and other goods on their return trip to Montreal, their explorations through much of the interior of Illinois included encounters with Native American tribes and took them through what is now Grundy County. Over 150 years later, the first permanent residents, including William Marquis, began settling and farming in the area. While the chief occupation of the residents is agriculture, the county also has the Illinois River and the Illinois and Michigan Canal that pass through its northern sections, as well as the Rock Island and the Chicago and Alton Railways. With communities rich in history and small-town charm, Grundy County continues to draw visitors and residents to its towns, parks, museums, rivers, and lakes. Grundy County attempts to reveal this unique county and its sense of community and pride.
ISBN: 9780738550947
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David A. Belden is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at DePaul University. His primary interests include local history and the early road history of Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. He is actively involved in the collaborative digitization project between the Minooka Public Library and Minooka Community High School. Belden currently teaches various local history classes at Minooka Community High School and is an adjunct instructor at the University of St. Francis and Joliet Junior College.
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