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Arthur History The history of Arthur and the Illinois Amish dates back to the mid-1800s. Arthur was settled when three Amish gentlemen came to the area around 1865 looking for farmland that didn’t have the same rocky quality as the land in their native states of Pennsylvania and Maryland. They found such land in what was then known as The Big Slough. The land, which was located nine miles west of the already established community of Arcola, was saturated with water. Once drained, however, the ground proved to be ideal for farming, with the flat, fertile fields of black soil representing some of the top land in the country. In the early 1870s, a switch-track was needed for the new railroad crossing the swampy land between Paris and Decatur. It was decided that it would be placed near today’s Vine Street, Arthur’s main street, and now the town’s primary commercial thoroughfare. The street separates the town into two counties, Douglas County to the east and Moultrie County to the west. With the combination of fertile farmland and the new railroad switchtrack, a small settlement soon blossomed. The owner of the railroad, Robert G. Hervey, named the new settlement Glascow. A short time later,
fire destroyed the new village. When business owners rebuilt, their new shops were placed at right angles to the railroad straddling the two counties on either side of Vine Street. Then, in 1873, when the village fathers petitioned to incorporate the community, it was discovered that another Illinois community used the name Glascow. After hearing the news, Mr. Hervey changed the name to Arthur to honor his favorite brother. Events Visitors to Arthur and the surrounding area will notice many acres of flat, fertile farmland. Douglas County is the flattest county in Illinois. While it lacks undulating hills, however, it certainly doesn’t lack beauty. Broad vistas, sometimes stunning sunsets and the tree-lined banks of the nearby Kaskaskia River provide a wonderful backdrop to a land where beautiful horses graze in pastures. Arthur hosts many major events each year, beginning with antique shows in March, Saturday markets, the Annual Amish Country Quilt Show and Auction in April, and listening to bluegrass music at the Chet Kingery Memorial Blue Grass Festival on a Saturday afternoon/evening in May. The days and weeks that follow are filled with events such as the Arthur Independence Day Celebration, held the Saturday prior to the 4th of July.
Yoder’s Kitchen is a full service family restaurant offering the best in Amish/Mennonite cooking. Our full menu features our famous broasted chicken, smoked pork chops and much more. We also offer a lunch and dinner buffet that includes all of our mouth-watering favorites. Homemade Baked Goods
• Pies • Cinnamon Rolls • Breads • Cookies
We can accommodate groups from 30 to 350. Let our experienced staff help plan your next special event.
Visit Our Gift Shop Features over 2,000 sq. ft. of the area’s finest gifts. From quilts to china, crafts to framed art, you’re sure to find something for that special someone.
We’ll make your dining experience special!
See Us For All Your Catering Needs Hours: Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m • Closed Sundays • Friday & Saturday Morning Breakfast Buffet. 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 1195 E. Columbia • Arthur, Illinois 2016 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 25
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