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Walpole in Hamilton County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Formerly Griswold

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Photographed By Jason Voigt, March 5, 2020
1. Walpole Marker
Inscription.  Gilbert Griswold Jr., pioneer teacher, surveyor, and Justice of the Peace, founded Walpole in 1857. He was born 4-16-1788 in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, and died 11-10-1866 and was buried with his family on their farm near Walpole. He was the son of Rebecca Nichols and Gilbert Griswold Sr. The Griswold post office opened in 1832 with the name being changed to Walpole in 1869 and it operated until the 1950's.

The first land entry from the Shawneetown Land Office for Griswold was when he bought the east half of the southwest quarter of section 4, south Twigg township in 1839. He may have been in southern Illinois as early as 1821.

This site marks the intersection of the early north-south Goshen Trail and the east-west New Haven to Benton road.

This sign standard and the original sign was erected by Ralph O. Gray.
Erected 2009 by Hamilton County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 37° 56.21′ 
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N, 88° 33.378′ W. Marker is in Walpole, Illinois, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Walpole Road west of County Route 820E, on the right when traveling east. While the address is Broughton, Illinois, it is technically located in the unincorporated community of Walpole. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8197 Walpole Road, Broughton IL 62817, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galatia United Methodist Church (approx. 7.4 miles away); The Tobacco Industry (approx. 7.4 miles away); Ingersoll Law Office (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Kaskaskia Trail (approx. 9.7 miles away); Meeting House (approx. 9.7 miles away); Homestead of Judge Samuel Elder (approx. 10.2 miles away); Eldorado (approx. 10.6 miles away); The "British Invasion" Begins (approx. 10.7 miles away).
Walpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, March 5, 2020
2. Walpole Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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