iBi - April 2012

A Ticking Treasure In Peoria’s Downtown

by Meredith Tuttle

In 1965, Peoria lost a historic landmark when its county courthouse was razed, but a treasure within the building was saved…and it’s heading back downtown this fall when the Peoria Riverfront Museum opens its doors.

Peoria Union Stockyards

by Deborah Dougherty
Illinois Central College

Peoria’s central location in the country, its riverfront advantage and its booming distilleries fueled the city’s hog and cattle stockyards. At the beginning of the 21st century, only a handful of these once-thriving businesses survive, including Peoria's—one of the oldest in the country.

Ninian Edwards & Pimiteoui

by Brian "Fox" Ellis

Illinois’ first territorial governor, Ninian Edwards played a major role in creating Peoria as an American city.

Peoria’s Own Philosopher

by Norman V. Kelly

The founder of both the Peoria Journal and the Peoria Star, the legendary Eugene F. Baldwin left an indelible mark on central Illinois.

Mysteries Big and Small

by Robert Lee Killion, Jr.
Peoria Historical Society

Working as a historian at the Peoria Historical Society means that every day brings new surprises.

Peoria and The Shelton Gang

by Bernie Drake
Peoria Historical Society

Prohibition saw the rise of “bootlegging” gangs throughout the country. In Peoria, the Sheltons dominated the illegal booze trade, and later, gambling.


The Other Peoria

Ever typed “Peoria” into a Google search and for-gotten to add the “IL”? Chances are, you’ve stumbled upon Peoria, Arizona.