The WPA Guide to Illinois: The Prairie State

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Trinity University Press, Oct 31, 2013 - History - 300 pages
During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor.

The Prarie State, nestled in the heart of the Midwest among the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, is finely represented in the WPA Guide to Illinois. The section on Chicago could stand alone as a guidebook in itself, spanning over 100 pages and incorporating the history and tourist attractions of the city. An essay about Abraham Lincoln by then governor Henry Horner, 26 total tours of the state, and a list of 50 books about the state of Illinois are also included in this extensive guide.
 

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Contents

SPRINGFIELD
382
Tours
397
Milwaukee WisZionWaukeganWilmetteChicago State 42
406
Milwaukee WisChicagoHammond Ind US 41
415
Union Grove WisLibertyvilleKankakeeChampaign and UrbanaMattoonNorris CityPaducah Ky US 45
417
Norris CityShawneetownCaveinRock State 1
435
Beloit WisRockfordLa SalleBloomingtonDecaturVandaliaCentraliaCarbondaleCairoWicklifee Ky US 51
439
RockfordByronOregonGrand DetourDixon State 2
456

GOVERNMENT AND EDUCATION
89
ARCHITECTURE
98
ART
109
LITERATURE
117
THEATER
129
MUSIC
137
Cities and Towns
147
ALTON
149
AURORA
156
BLOOMINGTON and NORMAL
161
CAIRO
169
CHAMPAIGN and URBANA
177
CHICAGO
187
DECATUR
303
EAST ST LOUIS
309
ELGIN
317
EVANSTON
324
GALENA
333
JOLIET
342
NAUVOO
347
PEORIA
356
ROCKFORD
366
ROCK ISLAND and MOLINE
375
Gratiot WisMorrisonKewaneeCantonHavanaVirgina State 78
461
Junction with US 20SavannaFultonEast Moline State 80
469
Davenport IowaRock IslandMonmouthVirginiaJacksonvilleAltonEast St LouisSt Louis Mo US 67
472
East St LouisChesterCairo State 3
491
Hammond IndChicagoDes PlainesFox LakeLake Geneva Wis US 12
502
ChicagoDes PlainesBarringtonWoodstockHarvardJanesville Wis US 14
505
Hammond IndChicagoElginRockfordGalenaDubuque Iowa US 20
509
Dyer IndJolietAuroraDixonFultonClinton Iowa US 30
523
Junction US 30 near Indiana LineChicagoGenevaDe KalbRochelleDixon US 330
531
Junction with US 66 RiversideMendotaPrincetonGalesburgBurlington Iowa US 34
540
Hammond IndJolietOttawaLa SalleMolineDavenport Iowa US 6
554
Kentland IndKankakeeMorrisMendotaDixonSavannaDubuque Iowa US 52
564
Kentland IndPeoriaLewistownQuincyMissouri Line US 24
569
ChicagoJolietBloomington and NormalSpringfieldStLouis Mo US 66
584
Rockville IndDecaturSpringfieldJacksonvilleHannibal Mo US 36
599
Terre Haute IndMarshallEffinghamVandalaTroySt Louis Mo US 40
604
TroyCollinsvilleCahokia Mounds State ParkEast St LouisSt Louis Mo City US 40
610
Vincennes IndLawrencevilleFloraSandovalEast St LouisSt Louis Mo US 50
613
THE LINCOLN NATIONAL MEMORIAL HIGHWAY Vincennes IndMarshallCharlestonDecatureSpringfieldNew Salem State ParkPetersburg
621
THE ILLINOIS WATERWAY ChicagoJolietStarved Rock State ParkPeoriaPere Marquette State ParkGrafton Chicago River Sanitary and Ship Canal ...
631
Fifty Books about Illinois
645
Chronology
649
Index
655

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