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In 1831, the settlement of Princeton, Illinois, began as families from New England, and later the Mid-Atlantic states, traveled West seeking good land. These early settlers built the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church. Rev. Owen Lovejoy, one of its earliest pastors, became a well-known abolitionist and used his Princeton home to harbor runaway slaves. Before the Civil War, Princeton citizens convinced Burlington Railroad to lay rails within a mile of their town. The community expanded its main street to meet the railroad and insure the town's growth. Today Princeton remains a richly endowed and vital community, set in the peaceful countryside of North Central Illinois.
ISBN: 9780738578187
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 230
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Bureau County Historical Society can trace its origins back to the Early Settlers Association, which was established in 1867. Today the museum is housed in two historic buildings in the center of Princeton. David A. Belden, a doctoral candidate at DePaul University, teaches 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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