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Teutopolis in Effingham County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Teutopolis

A Community Built On Faith

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 6, 2020
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Inscription.  They traveled West by horse and wagon, oxen and Conestoga, and by foot. They represented a staggering assortment of crafts, talents and trades. They emigrated from Germany in search of affordable land, economic opportunity, and political and religious freedom- and they found it on the National Road.

In 1837, a group of German Catholics in Cincinnati, Ohio, pooled their resources to purchase land for a new community. After scouting sites in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois, they settled on 10,000 acres in a well-timbered section of Effingham County.

From a hat, they drew numbered slips of paper corresponding to plats. Names were recorded, lists penned, plans made, prayers spoken, and Teutopolis was born.

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Excellence in Education
The Franciscan friars made higher education a priority. At their prompting, with support from the community, St. Joseph's College opened in 1862. The school, which later became St. Joseph's Seminary, offered courses in several languages, philosophy, mathematics, and natural science.

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offered religious freedom, it also presented challenges. Area priests weren't conversant in Low German, the language spoken by most of the village. In 1858, nine Franciscan friars came from Germany to meet the community's needs. In time, the number of friars would grow, and their ministry would serve a large section of Southern Illinois.

A crowd gathers on the National Road in preparation for Weber Bros. spring opening. The company has operated on the National Road since 1895.

Mill Town
Brothers Clement and Herman Uptmor built the town's first mill in 1842. Forty years later, Hope Mills, Uptmor & Siemer, Proprietors, opened for business. In 1906, Joseph Siemer and his son, Clemens J., bought out the Uptmor interests and changed the operation's name to Siemer Milling Company.

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A Road of Dirt, Rock, And Dreams

In 1806, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to provide federal funding for a National Road. Surveyed from Cumberland, Md., to the Mississippi River, the National Road was a highway for pioneers eager to settle the West.

Today, as US 40, the National Road in Illinois spans 164 miles. From Indiana to East St. Louis, you can still see how the ambitions and accomplishments of early Illinois immigrants shaped our communities. You'll find their influence in our art and architecture,
Teutopolis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 6, 2020
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Marker is on the left
our industry and agriculture, and in our way of life. Enjoy your time on the Road.
 
Erected 2015 by National Road Association of Illinois.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list.
 
Location. 39° 7.939′ N, 88° 28.472′ W. Marker is in Teutopolis, Illinois, in Effingham County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 40) west of Pearl Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is next to Teutopolis Village Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 W Main St, Teutopolis IL 62467, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lord Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham (approx. 3.6 miles away); Effingham (approx. 3.7 miles away); Yates Post No. 88 W.R.C. (approx. 3.7 miles away); Effingham County Courthouse (approx. 3.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Welcome to the Cross at the Crossroads! (approx. 5˝ miles away); Montrose (approx. 5˝ miles away); A Salute to All Veterans (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
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 Teutopolis (video). From the Illinois National Road's YouTube channel, this is a short video that talks about the history of Teutopolis. (Submitted on July 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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