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Detroit in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

East Pike General Store

East Pike General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Emily Pursley, July 28, 2019
1. East Pike General Store Marker
Inscription.  Built by a Pittsfield Company: sold 1875 to D.W. Stoner. Bought by James Foreman. East Pike County's best known general store for many years.
Erected by Pike County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
Location. 39° 37.216′ N, 90° 40.534′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 100 (Milton Street) and Highway 106 (Main Street), on the right when traveling north on Highway 100 (Milton Street). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsfield IL 62363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Earl C Smith (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mormontown Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Ninety-Ninth Illinois Infantry (approx. 3.7 miles away); Troutner Dam (approx. 3.7 miles away); Welcome to Lake Pittsfield (approx. 4.1 miles away); Lime Kiln
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(approx. 5.1 miles away); Colonel William Ross House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Michael J. Noyes House (approx. 6.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is on the front door of the building. The downstairs of the building is now home to the East Pike Lending Library.
Regarding East Pike General Store. The building is older than 1875. This year likely refers to when an addition was built and it was renovated to turn it from a home to a general store. One can see the seams where the additions have been built off of the original building. While I have yet to find definitive record that this was a home before it was a store, and I haven't found a date for when the original part was built, my theory is justified by the nearly two dozen similar houses in the area. There was a brickyard on the other end of town and this building has near identical brickwork to the other buildings which were built in the 1840s-1860s.
East Pike General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Emily Pursley, April 19, 2018
2. East Pike General Store Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 167 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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