LaSalle County Visitor's Guide 2021

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teeped in fascinating history, from enormous Native American trading camps on the banks of the Illinois to French explorers establishing a fort at Starved Rock and the very first LincolnDouglas debate, LaSalle County has been home to historic events that not only shaped Illinois, but the entire world. LaSalle County’s amazing museums archive this rich history and share it with the public, in a way that’s just as fun as it is informative! EARLVILLE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 136 S. Ottawa Street • Earlville 815-246-7076 Housed inside a historic 1890’s hardware store, Earlville’s free community museum shares the history of this Northern LaSalle County town through a fascinating collection of artifacts. LOCK 16 VISITOR CENTER 754 First Street • LaSalle 815-220-1848 The Lock 16 Visitor Center offers more than just a delicious café and great gift shop, it also houses a massive


wrap-around interpretive mural that tells the storied history of the I&M canal. I&M CANAL BOAT 754 First Street • LaSalle 815-220-1848 Hop aboard a replica 19thcentury mule-towed canal boat and take a leisurely ride along a mile and half of restored canal, learning the importance I&M played in the development of Illinois. HUME-CARNEGIE MUSEUM 901 Washington St. • Mendota 815-539-3373 Witness a collection of over 500 photos depicting 100


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