Population (2010) 683 History William Denison and family arrived in 1827 when the only other inhabitants were Sauk and Meskwaki Indians. They generally got along well; the Denisons even hosted both Keokuk and Blackhawk in their home a few times. Denison’s daughter, Julia, was a beauty who caught the fancy of many Native American men, […]
Isaiah Drury and Priscilla Reynolds moved the large Drury clan to Rock Island County in the early 1830s and got busy building homes and businesses. One of their sons, Stewart Reynolds Drury, established the first steamboat landing, which is why the spot became known as Drury’s Landing (when it wasn’t called The Landing or The […]
History Two Indiana natives, described in one book as “Mr. Klump and old Coleman”, platted Illinois City in 1837. The village spans two township boundaries (Drury and Buffalo Prairie), divided along today’s Mississippi Street. The early village had a sordid reputation; it was reputedly a safe haven for thieves and counterfeiters. In the early 1830s, […]
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