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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Aledo, Illinois

Clickable Map of Mercer County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Mercer County, IL (18) Henderson County, IL (4) Henry County, IL (40) Knox County, IL (30) Rock Island County, IL (24) Warren County, IL (8) Des Moines County, IA (10) Louisa County, IA (4)  MercerCounty(18) Mercer County (18)  HendersonCounty(4) Henderson County (4)  HenryCounty(40) Henry County (40)  KnoxCounty(30) Knox County (30)  RockIslandCounty(24) Rock Island County (24)  WarrenCounty(8) Warren County (8)  DesMoinesCountyIowa(10) Des Moines County (10)  LouisaCounty(4) Louisa County (4)
Aledo is the county seat for Mercer County
Aledo is in Mercer County
      Mercer County (18)  
      Henderson County (4)  
      Henry County (40)  
      Knox County (30)  
      Rock Island County (24)  
      Warren County (8)  
      Des Moines County, Iowa (10)  
      Louisa County, Iowa (4)  
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1 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Abraham Lincoln in Mercer County
Abraham Lincoln visited Mercer County on at least two occasions. On May 7 and 8, 1832, at the onset of the Black Hawk War, Captain Lincoln led his company of Illinois militia northeast from Oquawka to the Rock River at Milan through Mercer . . . Map (db m230129) HM
2 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Aledo, IllinoisRhubarb Capital of the World
This plaque is dedicated in recognition of downtown Aledo Historic District being placed on the National Register of Historic Register of Historic Places on June 7, 2016.Map (db m170984) HM
3 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Dedicated in Memory of Spec 4 Timothy Joe McGreight
Dedicated in Memory of Spec 4 Timothy Joe McGreight A Trp. 1st Sqdn. 9th Cav. 1st Air Cav. Division November 11, 1970Map (db m171196) WM
4 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Illinois Millitary School
When a 1924 fire left the Kansas Military School in need of a new place to hold classes they learned of the William and Vashti College Campus. It was a perfect situation and within 10 days of the fire, cadets and teachers arrived in Illinois and . . . Map (db m171035) HM
5 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — In the beginningSchool Founding / Drury
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 . . . Map (db m171081) HM
6 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Last Roll Call
In memory of those who gave all. Freedom is never free.Map (db m185027) WM
7 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Lest We Forget
Lest we forget World War I Anderson, Frank E. · Anderson, Henry · Dunn, Berl · Erickson, Gustaf W. · Fisher, Everett · Holdsworth, Robert · Johnson, Gilbert · Landrith, William Roy · Lee Charles H. · McGee Floyd D. · Norris George · Streets Edward . . . Map (db m171276) WM
8 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Mercer County Soldiers' Monument
Mercer Co To her fallen sons 1861-1865 Donaldson • Mobile • Vicksburg • Savannah • Chattanooga • Shiloh (names of 352 soldiers)Map (db m171278) WM
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9 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Niles Hall / Transition
In April of 1930 ground was broken for a new 50,000 residence hall to be called Niles Hall after the donor, Claude Niles of Chicago. By 1931 the Great Depression had taken its toll on the Illinois Military School and the school was forced to . . . Map (db m171012) HM
10 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Roosevelt Military Academy
Roosevelt Military Academy became known for rigorous academic standards and competitive athletic teams. Public reaction to the Vietnam War changed feelings toward military schools and such institutions closed as a result. The Roosevelt Military . . . Map (db m171085) HM
11 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders
This monument commemorates Roosevelt Military Academy and 3,059 cadets who attended the school from 1931-1973. The academy was named after our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, recipient of the Noble Peace Prize and Congressional Medal of . . . Map (db m171195) HM
12 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Roosevelt Military Academy World War II Memorial
Roosevelt Military Academy In memory of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II Harry E Beisal 36-43 • William Ben Ziger 33-34 • Leonard Cassell 25-27 • William Henry Cox 40-41 • John D Curran 37-39 • Lyle F . . . Map (db m171032) WM
13 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — The Campus Today
The William and Vashti College/Roosevelt Military Academy campus was sold at auction in 1977 and passed into private hands. The academic building was razed to make room for the Vashti Village housing complex. Niles Hall and the Boys Dormitory/North . . . Map (db m171082) HM
14 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — The Roosevelt Oak
This oak tree was planted on the grounds of the Roosevelt Military Academy during Homecoming festivities on November 5, 1938 as a memorial to former President Theodore Roosevelt. The tree was sent from Roosevelt's Sagamore Hills Estate at Oyster . . . Map (db m171086) HM
15 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — The Slab
Many hours of a cadet's life were spent on a concrete pad called 'the slab'. Ceremonies, inspection, and drills were conduct her. Cadets also were able to walk off any demerits that they earned walking around the area. The concrete pad that . . . Map (db m170987) HM
16 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Men and Women of Mercer County who served in the Armed Forces of the United States World War I • Korea • Desert Storm • World war II • Vietnam • War on TerrorismMap (db m171143) WM
17 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — William and Vashti College
William and Vashti College opened in the fall of 1908. Both men and women were enrolled. The college had much academic and athletic success until the 1917-1918 school year. Many of the young men attending William and Vashti joined the military to . . . Map (db m171080) HM
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18 Illinois, Mercer County, Aledo — Women's Veterans Memorial
Mercer County Women for Women and the Aledo Police Benevolent Association partnered to create this Memorial to honor all women from Mercer County who have served in the Armed Forces.Map (db m171216) WM
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Mar. 1, 2024