Peoria County Civil War Monument in Peoria

Photo of Peoria County Civil War Monument in Peoria, Illinois
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Photo of Peoria County Civil War Monument in Peoria, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of Peoria County Civil War Monument in Peoria, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Peoria County Civil War Monument in Peoria, Illinois
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Peoria County Civil War Monument
Official name:Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Memorial

324 Main Street, Peoria, Illinois, Downtown Peoria 61602
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  • 1899: President McKinley dedicates the Civil War monument.
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  • This monument was made in Pistogo, italy.
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  This is a very detailed monument and in great shape for it's age. I do have to agree with Steve on adding a perimeter fence. I took my children but did not allow them to walk and climb on it like many do. It is not a toy but a monument! I seen kids climbing way up hanging on the old metal and thought it was wrong. And yes chewing gum and wrappers were tucked into several small cracks in the base and metal statue. Sad people have no respect.

Tyler - Saturday, December 27th, 2014 @ 9:42am  

  Steve ~ I agree littering at such a monumental and noble place is wrong. Had you referred to drunken teenagers, littering, and painting graffiti on the monument's base I would have supported you fully. (I really thought that's where you were about to go with your complaints.) I find your dislike of children creating their own memories on this monument distasteful. "...desecrating it, with their filthy little hands." Wow. Your words are appalling. The men honored by this monument fought for the basic freedoms of ALL to enjoy this country. Let's not segregate our children from public monuments because you may have a problem with their candy covered hands. Have a heart, these are children making memories... the sticky sugar will wash away in the first rain. Let's just be happy their parents actually took the children there to appreciate and educate them about America's history. I'm guessing, in your opinion these spaces should be reserved for adults only. I'm offended by your statements toward the children... I'm not alone in this sentiment.

Joanna - Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 @ 3:44pm  

   I grew up in Peoria, and my father was a famous, local radio broadcaster, Mort Cantor. I moved to Phoenix, AZ twenty five years ago, and was recently in Peoria visiting family. My mother and I visted the memorial in late May, and we found it breathtaking. I had never seen it growing up, and was truly awestruck, by its beauty and historical significance. However, I was shocked and appalled, to see children crawling all over the monument's base, littering it with candy wrappers and desecrating it, with their filthy little hands. It angered me, that no one seemed to care, and the adults present were actually encouraging the children to play on it. I find it shameful, that the city fathers don't put a stop to this, and construct some kind of surrounding barrier, to protect this magnificent piece of art. I'm sure, that the soldiers, who so proudly fought and died in the Civil War, would be turning over in their graves, if they could witness this. Peoria owes it to their memory, to stop this shameful practice.

steve cantor - Thursday, June 17th, 2010 @ 11:36am  

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