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Peoria County History

"The early history of the city of Peoria is really the history of the county, as the first settlement and the only improvements made within the present boundaries of the county for many years was ground now occupied by the city. ...
Important facts and incidents connected with the first exploration, the establishments of the French colony, the building and destruction of several forts in the vicinity and the settlement of the village of Fort Clark by native Americans..."

History of Peoria County, IL 1880

The Geographical Position of Peoria

Early History 1673 to 1778

History of Peoria Villages and French Claims

Summary of the Land Grant Law

Listing of French Claims in the Village of Peoria
1813 1815 1820

Fort Clark Story

Fort Clark Memorial

Topographical Engineer Report on Fort Clark

Last Chief of Pottawatomies

Reminiscence of Early Peoria Indian Stories

Peoria Village, from 1825

Peoria, Village to City


Time Line for the surveying of Peoria County

North Line boundary was surveyed in Aug & Sept. 1816 by Amos Wheeler
South and West Boundary were surveyed in Feb. 1817 and the sub division lines in march 1817 by Thomas Willis
The lots in the Town of Peoria were surveyed 3rd of March 1835
The lot lines of the "Old and New" Villages of Peoria were surveyed in the 2nd Quarter of 1837 by Joseph C. Brown
The remaining Lots where surveyed March 31, 1842 by D.A. Spaulding
This is what the Surveyor's office in St. Louis 2-11-1846
Notes from the Federal Township Plats of Illinois 1804-1891


Read more about the earliest Peoria inhabitants:

Report for the Relief of the Inhabitants of Peoria

Edward Coles




     Other Data:  Early Chicago




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