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Glen Carbon in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Peters Station

Nickel Plate Trail

Peters Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 28, 2022
1. Peters Station Marker
Inscription.  Samuel Judy (Tschudi), a Swiss immigrant, was the first permanent white settler. He bought a crude log cabin from Ephraim Conner in 1801. He planted an orchard and completed the first brick home (opposite West Main Street) in 1808.

The area was called the Goshen Settlement. It grew rapidly as new land owners came and settled. The Goshen name was changed to Peters Station about 1840, deriving its name from the William Peters family.

One of the earliest schools in Madison County was taught by Elisha Alexander in the yard of Samuel Judy's home. A log schoolhouse was built between the homes of Judy and William B. Whiteside in 1814. Another log school house was built (circa 1845) and was called the first Peters School. In 1913, William Smola erected a brick schoolhouse on Rt. 157 north of West Main Street.

In June 1844, a record breaking flood from the Mississippi and Missouri rivers swept over the American Bottom. The water stretched from Alton to Kaskaskia. Steamboats were able to navigate from St. Louis to the bluffs for rescue work. Small wonder the settlers established their Pioneer Cemetery high into
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the bluffs. Sam Judy was buried there in 1838.

Some familiar names appearing in reference to the Peters area were: Barnsback, Brockmeier, Dickman, Franek, Gerbig, Holtz, Keller, Lee, Martin, Munzert, Nix, Smola, and Stallings.

Peters Station reached a peak in 1911 as the center of shipping for the area with buyers from Chicago and St. Louis bidding against one another for goods. Peters Station shipped out 10 to 15 carloads of potatoes every day. Farmers were very industrious, but also made time for fun. A favorite pastime was organizing and betting on horse races. The Peters Station Nine baseball team often played against the Sand Prairie Nine team. Frequent fish fries and picnics were held at Long Lake.
Erected 2021 by MCT Trails/Madison County Transit and Glen Carbon Historical & Museum Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1844.
Location. 38° 44.521′ N, 90° 0.203′ W. Marker is in Glen Carbon, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on North Bluff Road (Illinois Route 157) north of Illinois Route 162, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located off the Nickel Plate Trail, and accessible from the Park & Ride parking lot.
Peters Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 28, 2022
2. Peters Station Marker
Marker (on the left, across from the other "Peters Station" marker) are both located off the Nickel Plate trail, at the Park & Ride parking lot off Highway 157.
Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3717 S State Rte 157, Glen Carbon IL 62034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Peters Station (here, next to this marker); Railroad Control Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away); Trailhead (approx. 0.9 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. one mile away); Glen Carbon Veterans Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Illinois Central Depot & Daenzer House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Madison Coal Corporation (approx. 1.1 miles away); Imaginary Theatre in Henry's Park (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Carbon.
Also see . . .  MCT Trails (official website). Information on several trails that are all over Madison County, Illinois. Many of them were former railroads, as part of the "Rails to Trails" program. (Submitted on April 29, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Sep. 26, 2023