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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Waterloo, Illinois

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Location of Waterloo, Illinois
    Monroe County (89)
    Randolph County (73)
    St. Clair County (125)
    Jefferson County, Missouri (16)
    St. Louis County, Missouri (426)
    Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri (7)
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1Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Armin Henry Krueger
Armin Henry Krueger 1914-1996, served as caretaker of Illinois Caverns for 45 years his constant presence and willingness to share his affection for underground Monroe County enhanced the experience for countless visitors to the cave. His humble . . . Map (db m175246) HM
2Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Bellefontaine House
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
3Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — City Hotel121 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
4Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Civil War Grave Markers2015 eagle Scout Project by Shane Douglas of Boy Scout Troup 323
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
5Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Col. William R. Morrison
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
6Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Commercial State Bank101 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
7Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Ford
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
8Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Ford MonumentKaskaskia-Cahokia Trail
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
9Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Harrisonville Telephone CompanyWaterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818
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
10Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Henry's Grocery219 & 221 South Main
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
11Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — In Loving Memory of Alois Luhr
In honor of one of Annbriar's founders, who gave his time, knowledge and assets, may everyone share his love for golf.Map (db m175210) HM
12Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — In Memory of Myron A. Roever
In recognition of his love of golf, his delight in nature and flowers and his dedication as one of our founders.Map (db m175202) HM
13Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — James Lemen
James Lemen 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. His wife Katherine Ogle . . . Map (db m144921) HM
14Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — James Moore Cabin
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
15Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Kaskaskia Cahokia TrailDitch Tavern, Ford & K-C Trail Monument, Roger's Female Seminary
Ditch Tavern… …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
16Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Kolmer Family Log Cabin
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
17Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — La Belle Fontaine(Beautiful Spring)
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
18Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Martini Cemetery
Martini Cemetery also known as Goeddeltown Cemetery 1862 to 1942 You are gone but not forgotten Ruht in Frieden [Rest in peace] Map (db m168728) HM
19Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Monroe County Bicentennial Bandstand
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, 2016Map (db m140355) HM
20Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Monroe County World War Veteran Memorial
In memory of Monroe County World War Veterans Apr-6-1917 - Nov-11-1918 Columbia - Waterloo erected by Columbia Post 581-Goeddel-Buettner Post 747 Map (db m140349) WM
21Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Patriotic Mural
This beautiful mural, hand-painted by Elaine and John Polizzi, is dedicated to Adolph Gaitsch, one of the first draftees in World War II, Earl Rietz, who served in the Korean War and all the Veterans who have ever called . . . Map (db m146072) WM
22Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Peterstown and the Merchant Prince
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
23Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Potter's Field
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
24Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Revolutionary Patriots of Monroe County, Illinois
Dedicated July 4, 1976 Provided by Contributions from Monroe County School Children In Memory of the Revolutionary Patriots of Monroe County, Illinois William Biggs · Shadrach Bond, Sr. · Ebenezer Bourn · John Doyle · James . . . Map (db m173568) HM WM
25Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Salem-Baum Evangelical Church
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
26Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Schorr Brewing Co.117 North Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
27Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Site of the First English Speaking School in Illinois
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
28Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Smokehouse
Built over 100 years ago this smokehouse still stans on its original site. With its distinctive red roof and door, the smokehouse remains in its original condition and is now Annbriar's logo.Map (db m175613) HM
29Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Southern Hotel141 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
30Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Adelsberger House116 East Third — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
31Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Advocate Building216 South Main Street — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
32Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Bellefontaine Bridge
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
33Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Bison
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
34Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Braun Property212 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
35Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Brey Building115 & 117 East Mill — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
36Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Garretson Home229 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
37Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Küenster Building123 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
38Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Küenster Building127 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
39Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Morrison Talbott Library215 Park Street — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
40Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Odd Fellows Building202 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill, Laid Out in 1818 —
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
41Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Oldendorf-Horn Building116 North Main Street — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
42Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Pluth Building115, 117 & 119 South Main — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
43Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Schatte Cabin
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
44Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Schmitt-Nobbe Building110 South Church — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
45Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The State Bank of Waterloo113 South Main Street — Waterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818 —
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
46Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Stroh Building101 East Mill Street
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
47Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — The Wissmath Property107 South Main Street — Waterloo, Monroe Co. Ill., Laid Out in 1818 —
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
48Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Veterans Memorial for All Wars
From the people of Monroe County Illinois In honor of those who perished In tribute to those who served In gratitude to those now serving Map (db m143503) WM
49Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Waterloo City HallWaterloo, Monroe Co., Ill., Laid out in 1818
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
50Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — Waterloo Fire Department Memorial Bell Plaza
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
51Illinois (Monroe County), Waterloo — World War I Grave Markers2018 Eagle Scout Project by Sam Thomas of Boy Scout Troup 323
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
Aug. 1, 2021