Near Longview in Champaign County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Former Site of Orizaba IL
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Erected in 1988 by the
Longview Lions Club
Erected 1988 by Longview Lions Club.
Location. 39° 53.655′ N, 88° 3.96′ W. Marker is near Longview, Illinois, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 2100E and County Route 100N, on the left when traveling south on County Route 2100E. The marker sits in the southeast corner of the intersection at the edge of a field. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Longview IL 61852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Community Honor Roll of Those Who Served (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of German Lutheran Immanuel Church (approx. 2 miles away); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 9.2 miles away); Croghan Treaty with Pontiac (approx. 10 miles away); Lincoln in Tolono (approx. 12.2 miles away); Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop (approx. 12.2 miles away); On The Bloomington Road / The Clark Neighborhood (approx. 13.3 miles away); Beginning of the Lincoln Circuit Trail (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longview.
Regarding Former Site of Orizaba IL. Orizaba had a post office from April 6, 1879, to August 3, 1889. The post office was moved south to Longview (incorporated as Long View), and buildings from Orizaba were disassembled and moved to this new town along the rail line for the Chicago, Danville, & St. Louis Railroad (the C & EI). The rail line continued through Villa Grove to Tuscola (1888).
Place Names of Illinois (Edward Callary, Univ. of Illinois Press, p. 261) states that John Southworth gave Orizaba its name. Sources speculate it may have been named for Orizaba CA or perhaps Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico, the site of a Mexican War battle. "Orizaba" was also a steamer at the time of the California Gold Rush and during conflict with Nicaruagua. A speech by Hon. S. A. Douglas refers to incidents on the steamer.
German Lutheran missionary efforts from Champaign's St. John congregation to the Orizaba community grew into the Immanuel Lutheran congregation now north of Broadlands (founded 1876, relocated 1895).
A 1916 alumni directory of Earlham College (Who's Who Among Earlhamites) lists Irvin A. Moon, who gave his home address as "Orizaba, Illinois."
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2015, by Sally Duchow of Champaign, Illinois. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on October 2, 2015, by Sally Duchow of Champaign, Illinois. Photo 1. submitted on September 28, 2015, by Sally Duchow of Champaign, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.