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Thomas Beard was a young man of 24 years who was determined to find a place on the Illinois River where he could build a town and make a living. There were no roads, only Indian paths, so it is a wonder that he found his spot. If he had traveled by river, it would have been much easier, as the waterway was already a main artery from St. Louis to Chicago. If Beardstown's elevation had been 40 feet higher, away from possible flooding, the town could have been a candidate for the state capital. All of the supplies and produce for central Illinois came through Beardstown and Meredosia. Beard was fortunate to have capable and willing friends who helped develop the town. Some of the early pioneers were Enoch C. March, Horace Billings, Sylvester Emmons, John A. Arenz, and John's brother Francis Arenz, the founder of Arenzville.
ISBN: 9780738598895
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Harold Tyson has been a barber in Beardstown for 57 years and has collected a large number of pictures and articles about Beardstown. He has been cutting hair and telling tales of local lore for decades and hopes readers will find some pleasure and discovery within Images of America: Beardstown.
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