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Aledo in Mercer County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

In the beginning

School Founding / Drury

In the beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, April 13, 2021
1. In the beginning Marker
Inscription.  William Drury, a wealthy Mercer County land owner, farmer, and business man, left 91% of his 1897 estate to create an educational institution"…which might prove of benefit to the youth of coming generation…". In 1907 construction began on a residence hall and an academic building for the school.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 41° 12.402′ N, 90° 45.288′ W. Marker is in Aledo, Illinois, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of Northwest 6th Street and Northwest 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Northwest 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 NW 6th St, Aledo IL 61231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Campus Today (here, next to this marker); The Slab (here, next to this marker); Roosevelt Military Academy (here, next to this marker); Niles Hall / Transition (here, next to this marker); William and Vashti College (a few steps from this marker); Illinois Millitary School
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(a few steps from this marker); The Roosevelt Oak (a few steps from this marker); Last Roll Call (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aledo.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 15, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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