WELCOME- Peoria History is a site dedicated to free access of privately held documents and artifacts of historical significance to the central Illinois region. It offers an opportunity for organizations and individual collectors to become a community of curators. Utilizing Dublin Core Metadata Initiative specifications, digitized artifacts will be cataloged and made available for the public to appreciate and explore.


  • The Bartholomew Company- Letter- November 1, 1904

    The Bartholomew Company wrote this letter to Carl E. L. Lipman of Beloit, Wisconsin on November 1, 1904. The letter confirmed the order of 25 #20 geared pumps. It is stamped by the Treasurer, Orie Y. Bartholomew. LETTERHEAD CONTENTS: The Glide.- Style A, with Tonneau- J.B. Bartholomew; Pres., C. A. Bartholomew, V.-Pres.; E. M. Voorhees, Sec'y; O. Y. Bartholomew, Treas.; R. O. Stutsman, Supt.- The Bartholomew Company,- Manufactures of Automobiles, etc.- Peoria, ILL., U.S.A.
  • Riverboat Excursion Ticket-Peoria to Chillicothe- Aug. 24, 1889

    This is a round trip excursion ticket stub from Peoria to Chillicothe. The front of the ticket stub says "Grey Eagle," but it was a ticket for a riverboat named Rescue. According to the 1889 Peoria city directory, the Rescue was owned by Solomon York of Peoria. On the back it is dated Aug. 24, 1889. The steamer's name, Rescue, is stamped above the date. According to p. 642 of The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Peoria County volume 2, "Gray [sic] Eagle" was the name of a steamer that was used by Solomon York prior to acquiring the "Rescue."
  • Al Fresco Amusement Park- Flooded- circa 1908

    This is the developed image of a glass slide negative depicting the Al Fresco amusement park near the "Figure Eight" roller coaster. It shows the flood waters of the Illinois river.
  • Socialist Party of Peoria-Member List- Circa 1912

    This is a list of names and addresses of Peoria residents from 1912 written on Socialist Party of Peoria letterheads. It is likely a list of members of the Peoria Socialist Party. The first name on the list, Thomas B. Allen, was elected as Peoria's first Socialist alderman.
  • Glide Radiator Script- Circa 1908

    The Bartholomew Company placed these bronze scripts on the front of their 1908 and 1909 automobile radiators.
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