Alton in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
First Soybeans Planted in Illinois, 1851
Erected 2019 by Lewis and Clark Community College, the City of Alton, and the Illinois State Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 53.706′ N, 90° 11.438′ W. Marker is in Alton, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Prospect Street just west of State Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in front of an open grassy area at the intersection of Prospect and State streets. It is outside the former home of James Henry Lea. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 417 Prospect Street, Alton IL 62002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ruins of First State Prison in Illinois (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln-Douglas Debates! (approx. half a mile away); Discover History All Around Alton (approx. half a mile away); Ryder Building (approx. half a mile away); The Legend of the Piasa (approx. half a mile away); The Duel That Never Happened (approx. ¾ mile away); Smallpox Island (approx. ¾ mile away); A Changing Waterfront (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alton.
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on August 23, 2019.
Regarding First Soybeans Planted in Illinois, 1851. Theodore Hymowitz, Ph.D., emeritus professor of plant genetics at the University of Illinois, first raised the question of where were the first soybeans planted in Illinois, in 1967. Decades later, Reid Memorial Library (at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois) researchers were able to trace the event to the particular location outside Lea's former home. It was announced in March 2019 that a marker would be dedicated there. Several locals attended the unveiling ceremony, including Hymowitz and Lewis & Clark Community College President Dale Chapman.
Also see . . . Commemorating the origins of soybeans in Illinois (video). News story from KTVI-TV (St. Louis' FOX affiliate) about the unveiling event, uploaded on YouTube. Includes an interview with Theodore Hymowitz, who first asked the question about Illinois' origins of soybeans in 1967. (Submitted on October 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.