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Why is Peru Illinois named Peru?

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2018-02-11 22:21:58

The Origin of the Peru, IL was the founding fathers admired the

industrious nature of the inhabitants of Peru. An early act of the

legislature set aside Section Sixteen in every township for school

purposes. Therefore, when more settlers came to Peru in 1834, the

School Commissioners laid out and sold the southwest quarter of

Section Sixteen, and called it "Peru." This is said to be the Inca

Indian word for "wealth."

Peru, Illinois (population 10,295 2010 census) was settled

because it was the starting point of the Illinois & Michigan

canal. Before the railroad the preferred method for long-distance

travel and shipping was by boat. Travel between St. Louis and

Chicago could be done by taking the Illinois river to Peru and then

taking the lock & dam canal to Chicago. A series of Illinois

cities were named after other waterway cities in New York: Peru,

Utica, Seneca, and Lockport. Others say that Peru, the Inca word

for wealth, was adopted because in the 1500's Spain colonized the

South American country Peru forcing some of the Incas as far North

as Illinois. The city was named after these native Americans.


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