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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Monroe County, Illinois
Adjacent to Monroe County, Illinois
► Randolph County (67) ► St. Clair County (119) ► Jefferson County, Missouri (16) ► St. Louis County, Missouri (421) ► Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri (7)
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|Mauricio Alvarez, Sculptor
This place of rest is dedicated to the veterans of this community, as well as the rest of America, well-trained and fierce warriors, but also gentle and kind liberators and protectors of children, women and men, and . . . — — Map (db m143461) WM|
|The Eichmuller-Rau building was built in the 1800s by John Eichmueller and was used as a tavern and feed store. The Living quarters was upstairs. The property was later acquired by Jacob Rau when he married one of the Eichmueller daughters. An . . . — — Map (db m171262) HM|
|Note the construction of this German style cottage. The small eyebrow windows were used to provide light and fresh air to the second floor occupants. Also important to note is that the house was built directly on the sidewalk. Why? Because German . . . — — Map (db m171264) HM|
|Shoemaker School became a part of the Columbia School District in 1950. Since the school's directors had already contracted Marian Maag to teach for the 1950-51 term prior to this consolidation, the old school was kept open for one final year. In . . . — — Map (db m144933) HM|
|Immaculate Conception Church was built in 1866 on land purchased for $600 from Henry Schumacher in 1863. The church was dedicated December 12, 1867by Bishop Juncker. The building was remodeled in 1904, and the improvement included the installation . . . — — Map (db m172805) HM|
|Columbia's Main Street began as the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, a path created by Indians as long as 11,000 B.C. when the traveled from Old Kaskaskia [Kaskaskia Island] to Cahokia. The Trail played an integral part in French colonization, and remained . . . — — Map (db m171259) HM|
|1775 • 1918
in honor of
our sons and daughters
who served their nation
in freedom's cause and in memory
of who gave their those of our number
who gave their last full measure
of devotion in
the six great wars . . . — — Map (db m143598) WM|
|In 1850, Peter Wilheim Miller constructed this vernacular German cottage. It was his home adjacent to his blacksmith shop that provided shoes for horses and repaired farm equipment in the 1850s and 1860s. The blacksmith shop eventually became an . . . — — Map (db m140338) HM|
War of 1812 • Civil War • WW I • WW II
Laid out in the late 1700s on acreage donated by the Ogles,its elevated grounds afford a view of lands settled by the pioneers—the Piggotts, Ogles, Biggs, Wilson and others. It was . . . — — Map (db m143369) HM WM|
|This large frame building was the location of the Emil Pfeffer Mercantile Store. An open porch extended across the entire front of the building and wrapped around the north side. The Weilbacher family acquired this building in the 1920s and called . . . — — Map (db m172804) HM|
|The ground for this home was purchased in 1851 by James Nolan who platted the original Town of Columbia in 1820. The home was built shortly thereafter for the Conrad-Rohm family. Gustav Rohm married Katie Schneider and they had eight children. . . . — — Map (db m171261) HM|
|The beer cave was used to store beer that was brewed at Schmidt Brewery (521 S. Main Street) in the early 1800s. The barrels of beer were later delivered to local saloons. The brewery closed in the 1860s, but the cave was used in later year store . . . — — Map (db m170533) HM|
|This two story brick home was built in 1818 by Philip and Peter Schmidt. The building functioned partly as a brewery (Schmidt Brewery) with offices and a sales department. The second floor provided living quarters for the families. An arched, stone . . . — — Map (db m171586) HM|
|William Whiteside built Whiteside station as a fort to protect his family, pioneers and travelers from Indian raids, along the Kaskaskia-Cahokia trail.
Whiteside was a patriot of North Carolina during the American Revolutionary War and is . . . — — Map (db m140339) HM|
Site of original
Holy Cross Lutheran
Present church and cemetery established at Renault, IL 1869 — — Map (db m171590) HM|
| [Left plaque:]
Served under the command of Col. George Rogers Clark in the Virginia line, the capture of Kaskaskia & the capture of Fort Vincennes.
In memory of
Revolutionary War Soldier
Robert Kidd . . . — — Map (db m142149) HM|
The town of Kidd was named after Robert Kidd, who had been a soldier
serving under Colonel George Rogers Clark. Kidd was in the original group of
settlers who came to what is now Monroe County in 1782 with the intention of
permanently settling . . . — — Map (db m163635) HM|
|Samuel McRoberts, one of their ten children, was born her Feb. 8, 1799. He was elected clerk of the Monroe County court at the age of 20. In 1824 he was elected circuit judge by the state legislature. On Dec. 16, 1840, he was the first nativeborn . . . — — Map (db m140385) HM|
|Maeystown, where three streams descend down the bluff, was founded by Jacob Maeys in 1852. The original settlers were German members of the forty-eighter movement. The village is unique in manner with structures integrated into the landscape. The . . . — — Map (db m140382) HM|
|The oldest known log structure in Illinois on it's original site in continuous use for religious purpose since 1859. First worship service of St.John's congregation held here 1859-67. — — Map (db m143416) HM|
|The Village of Maeystown, Ill. founded in 1852 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 23,1978 by the United States Department of the Interior — — Map (db m143464) HM|
|The Village of Maeystown, originally known as Maeysville was founded in 1852 by Jacob Maeys, a German immigrant from Bavaria. Maeys purchased 100 acres and had the land surveyed and subdivided into streets and lots with the intention of attracting . . . — — Map (db m144864) HM|
|The Pioneer Mill was a center of early commerce. Often its water wheel ran a saw mill as well as a grist mill. Mills operated at this site for over 100 years. Prior to the War of 1812, much flour was shipped to St.Louis and New Orleans, in the late . . . — — Map (db m140360) HM|
|William H. Bissell 1811-1860. The eleventh governor of Illinois lived in this vicinity before he was thirty, serving as pioneer physician, teacher, and lawyer. He was elected as a democrat to the state legislature, becoming speaker of the house, . . . — — Map (db m144918) HM|
|In memory of those members of our Lady Of Good Counsel Parish who gave their lives that we might worship in freedom
Peter Eich Feb. 6, 1892 - Oct.9,1918 France
Cletus Walster Apr. 29,1909 - July 9, 1943 N. . . . — — Map (db m143367) WM
|Throughout history, conservation of the land surrounding what is now called Foglepole Cave has been made possible by private property holders. These landowners were cautious, only allowing trips in to the caves for scientific and research-related . . . — — Map (db m144932) HM|
|Shadrach Bond Sr., a soldier of the Revolution War and the army of George Rogers Clark settled about one-third mile east of this marker in 1782.
His nephew, Shadrach Bond the first Governor of the State of Illinois (1818-1892) moved here from . . . — — Map (db m143821) HM|
Eagle Cliff Graveyard was established as a public graveyard on land donated by Truman Miles.
The first person to be buried in Eagle Cliff Graveyard was Rachel Bond, wife of Judge Shardrach Bond, Sr. on March 17, 1806.
The vault was . . . — — Map (db m143513) HM|
This American Legion Home
is dedicated to
the memory of
Louis E. Miller
Founder and First Commander of
American Legion Post No. 901
his daughter Twlya . . . — — Map (db m148201) HM|
|The M102 Howitzer fires a 33 pound projectile of semifixed ammunition and at charge 7 will fire 11,500 meters or 7 miles. A roller tire attached to the trail assembly of M102 permits the weapon to be rotated 6,400 mils around a firing platform, . . . — — Map (db m148203) WM|
|… Eight years ago, flood waters of the Mississippi River washed away most of Valmeyer. It did leave one shinning jewel behind… Borsch Park, and all the memories that it carries with it. This park has provided many pleasant hours of use since its . . . — — Map (db m170441) HM|
|The church was organized in 1841 by pastor G. A. Schieferdecker and settlers from Saxony, Thuringia, and Westfalia, Germany. The site was donated in 1849 by Johann Christian and Katherine Just. The present church was erected in 1863, and the tower . . . — — Map (db m140384) HM|
|Bellefontaine was one of the first settlements made by Americans in what is now Illinois. The earliest settlers included families of Revolutionary War veterans who had served with George Rogers Clark. Captain James Moore brought a band of pioneers . . . — — Map (db m140335) HM|
|In 1838, McKendree Moore, with his father, Enoch Moore, owned a mercantile store here, which carried on until the death of McKendree Moore in 1840. The Moore family was one of Waterloo's first settlers. Enoch Moore, born in 1783 in the blockhouse at . . . — — Map (db m140341) HM|
|To honor the soldiers who fought in the American Civil War, Shane Douglas marked the graves of 99 Veterans buried in the City of Waterloo for his Eagle Scout Project. There are 67 buried in Waterloo City Cemetery, 31 buried in St. Peter & Paul . . . — — Map (db m146844) WM|
|William R. Morrison, destined to be elected a Colonel during the American Civil War, was of Scotch-Irish descent, born on September 14, 1824. Although raised on a farm, upon his father's remarriage following the death of William's mother, they moved . . . — — Map (db m136540) HM|
|This building as it stands today sits on combined lots, which were originally the sites of a rock residence and a butcher shop, Theodore Ruch's meat market. The meat market was a family operated business in the 1880's ran by prominent butchers . . . — — Map (db m140469) HM|
|Near this marker stood the boyhood home of Thomas Ford, 1800-1850, eighth Governor of Illinois. He held many public offices before serving as Governor, 1842-1846. His mother Elizabeth Forquer Ford, a pioneer school teacher, raised her seven children . . . — — Map (db m144934) HM|
Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail: 40 Miles to Kaskaskia
20 Miles to Cahokia Here passed the ancient trail trod first by buffaloes and Indians, then by explorers, traders and French settlers of Kaskaskia and Cahokia. Revolutionary War soldiers with . . . — — Map (db m140364) HM|
| 213 South Main Street
Became the headquarters of Harrisonville Telephone Company in 1905 when the Company moved in, occupying one-fourth of the building. At that time, the remaining space was apartments.
As Harrisonville . . . — — Map (db m144220) HM|
|In 1818 George Forquer purchased and, along with Daniel P. Cook, began laying out the lots that would become known as Original Waterloo or Old Town Waterloo. They immediately sold lot 82 in Block 11 to Alexander Wells for $20. It stayed in the . . . — — Map (db m140426) HM|
Born in Virgina, Nov. 20 1760
Died in Illinois Jan. 8 1823
A Revolutionary Soldier, Indian
Fighter, Anti Slavery Leader,
Baptist Minster and Organizer
of the First Churches in Illinois.
Katherine Ogle . . . — — Map (db m144921) HM|
|Captin James Moore was an officer of the Virginia Militia during the American Revolution. Under the command of Colonel George Rogers Clark, he took part in an expedition to Illinois in 1778. Captain Moore led his group by boat to Kaskaskia in 1782 . . . — — Map (db m143246) HM|
…was the first hotel in Waterloo located on North Main Street, and run by David and Hannah Ditch. David H. Ditch owned the land on which Waterloo was built until it was purchased by George Forquer in 1818.
The Old Tavern . . . — — Map (db m148322) HM|
Log cabin donated by the:
Conrad Kolmer Family
to the Peterstown Heritage Society.
The farm was purchased in 1851.
The log cabin was moved from their
125 Acre farm two miles north of Waterloo. — — Map (db m148324) HM|
|The second American settlement in the northwest territory was established in 1782 by Capt. James Moore, an Officer of the American Revolution serving with the Virginia Militia. He was commissioned by Gov. Patrick Henry and sent George Rogers Clark . . . — — Map (db m145121) HM WM|
also known as Goeddeltown Cemetery
1862 to 1942
You are gone but not forgotten
Ruht in Frieden
[Rest in peace]
— — Map (db m168728) HM|
|On this site on August 25, 1840, Abraham Lincoln presented a political speech for Whig Party at the Monroe County Courthouse.
This tablet erected by the Monroe County Bicenntennial Committee
August 6, 2016 — — Map (db m140355) HM|
In memory of
World War Veterans
Apr-6-1917 - Nov-11-1918
Columbia - Waterloo
Columbia Post 581-Goeddel-Buettner Post 747 — — Map (db m140349) WM|
This beautiful mural,
hand-painted by Elaine and John Polizzi,
is dedicated to
one of the first draftees in World War II,
who served in the Korean War
and all the Veterans who have ever called . . . — — Map (db m146072) WM|
|The north end of Waterloo was originally called Peter's Town, for Emery Peter Rogers, 1795-1859. Coming from Massachusetts in 1816, he started with 5 acres here on the west side of the Kaskaskia Trail, where he operated a grist mill, woolen mill, . . . — — Map (db m143475) HM|
|A Potter's field is a term used for a place for the burial of unknown or indigent people. The expression potter's field derives from the Bible, referring to a field used for the extraction of potter's clay; such land, useless for agriculture, could . . . — — Map (db m140353) HM|
|On May 11, 1845, a German-speaking Protestant congregation was organized at the Philip Baum residence near here that same year, a log church was erected and a cemetery was opened on six acres immediately north of this spot which was donated by . . . — — Map (db m140506) HM|
|The first brewery established in Waterloo, the Koechel brewery, was built at this location in 1847 by john and Elizabeth Koechel.
It is believed to have been a wooden structure which was replaced by a brick building in 1852. John Koechel ran . . . — — Map (db m140421) HM|
|On this site, in the year 1783, stood the first English speaking public school in the state of Illinois. It was taught by Samuel J. Seeley. The school was an abandoned squatters cabin, located on a tract of land known as the James Lemen Greater, . . . — — Map (db m140351) HM|
In 1886, Peter Feller bought a wooden structure for $2,500 located on lots 13, 14 and 15 of block 19, which would later be addressed as 141 South Main Street, and known as the Southern Hotel. In 1892, the hotel was rebuilt of brick and a tavern . . . — — Map (db m156706) HM|
|The land on which Hopskeller now stands dates back to March, 1816, when William Lemon purchased nearly 255 acres at a cost of $2 per acre. This land encompassed all modern-day downtown Waterloo.
For unknown reasons, in January of 1817 (only ten . . . — — Map (db m140337) HM|
According to the late Mame Wetmore Horine, who remembered watching the building go up, the Advocate building was built in 1868 at 222 South Main Street. It was a brick, three-story structure.
In 1862, J. F. Gotshall became the editor of the . . . — — Map (db m168403) HM|
|This stone arch bridge dates back to 1877 when it was built by Charles Liebheit and Christian Hartmann. It extends over a tributary of Fountain Creek, called Moore's Run (named after James Moore, one of the founders of Waterloo). This bridge is . . . — — Map (db m143476) HM|
|This statue pays homage to the buffalo, or bison which roamed the uplands of Monroe County thousands of years ago, trampling down prairie grasses, creating what became the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trial. The trail was also used by Native Americans and was . . . — — Map (db m143250) HM|
| This historic building, known officially as Tax Lot 2 in Block 8 of
Waterloo, dates back to the year 1845 and has served many purposes
throughout the years. Unfortunately, we have no record of what it was
used for in its earliest years, other . . . — — Map (db m143251) HM|
|John Coleman purchased three lots (115, 117, and 119 East Mill) in 1834. The present building at 115 was built before the Civil War. In 1862 Coleman sold the property to William Hursey who later sold it to Paul C. Brey, who was a German native born . . . — — Map (db m140459) HM|
|The Garretson Home was built in 1852 as a family home in the Italianate style, by William C. Garretson, a prominent figure in the history of Monroe County. William Garretson was a direct relative of James Garretson, one of the founding fathers of . . . — — Map (db m140387) HM|
|The Küenster Building is named after its builder, Hubert Küenster, who built it as home to his pharmacy in 1871. Küenster was appointed as a Postmaster in 1865, so there is belief that the Post Office was also in this building at one point in time, . . . — — Map (db m140348) HM|
|Hubert Küenster immigrated to America from Germany in May 1852. He came to St. Louis, where he was a clerk in Dr. Berghoff’s drug store for a year. Some of his countrymen were residents in the neighborhood of Waterloo, and at their request, Küenster . . . — — Map (db m143986) HM|
|Since the late 1800’s, citizens have worked to provide the community of Waterloo, Illinois, with a public library to serve as a cultural center. In 1892, Henry and Mary Talbott donated their personal collection of over 3,000 books and periodicals to . . . — — Map (db m144987) HM|
|Elizabeth and William Sinnhold were the first owners of the land of which the Odd Fellows building sits today. In 1875, M.C. Rodenberger and Wm. Kestner, established M.C. Rodenberger and Company, which made and sold marble and granite monuments, . . . — — Map (db m140519) HM|
| This property, located at 116 North Main Street, dates back to the year 1843. Not much is known about its original owners, John H. and Mariah Pirtle. They sold the building to Thomas Singleton on June 13, 1843 for two hundred and thirty-five . . . — — Map (db m148321) HM|
|The Pluth Building was originally constructed in 1885 as a two-story building which featured a French-style mansard roof. The roof reached the height of the current building's third floor. Original sketches of the building plans detail the upstairs . . . — — Map (db m140350) HM|
|Original site was near Maeystown, purchased by Frederick Schatte in 1888. The Schatte family used the cabin for shelter until their home was built. Donated by Halbert Schatte to Peterstown Heritage Society in 1975. Moved to this site by Alfred . . . — — Map (db m148325) HM|
|The Schmitt-Nobbe Building has been a grocery store for the bulk of its existence. In 1941 Ambrose Schmitt inherited the property, along with several other properties, from his wife Annie Schmitt upon her death. Ambrose decided to leave it all to . . . — — Map (db m140381) HM|
| Records dating back to 1837 tell us that David Ditch, an early pioneer of Waterloo, was the original owner of this property. David Ditch is known for operating Waterloo’s first hotel and bar, called Ditch Tavern, which was about 2 blocks north of . . . — — Map (db m148323) HM|
Before 1830, John Coleman erected a large windmill at the corner of Main and Mill where this building stands today. He also owned a mill next door. The mill was changed into an ox-mill in 1837 and destroyed by fire in 1857, when it was a steam . . . — — Map (db m140392) HM|
This property, 107 South Main Street, is officially known as Tax Lot 11 in Block 12 of Old Town, now City of Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois. Property deeds date back to 1867, when its first owners, John and Mary Harms sold the property to . . . — — Map (db m156248) HM|
— — Map (db m143503) WM|
|The Waterloo City Hall is situated on Lots 75 and 76 at 100 West Fourth Street in the southerly block between Main Street and Church Street.
In 1816, George Forquer purchased a tract of land that is now part of the City of Waterloo. Forquer and . . . — — Map (db m144219) HM|
| By ring this bell, cast in 1894, early members of the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Company were called to action to assist their neighbors in times of emergency.
Since that time, the bell has graced every fire station the Waterloo Fire Department . . . — — Map (db m148284) HM|
To honor the brave soldiers who fought in World War I, Sam Thomas marked the graves of WW I Veterans buried in the City of Waterloo that did not already have a military recognition. There are 25 in the Waterloo City Cemetery and 18 in St. Peter . . . — — Map (db m146821) WM|