Introduction to Canton, Illinois
Settler Isaac Swan founded the city of Canton in 1825. He mistook it as being the antipodal location of Canton, China. The area was earlier known by the name of "Barnes' Prairie" and "swan's Catch-All." Canton was turned into a factory town because of its proximity to the Illinois River, the availability of coal and labor and the close proximity to railroads. A large manufacturing factory called International Harvester existed in this city until 1983. It was destroyed by an arson fire in 1997. The city has faced major damages by two tornadoes, one in June 1835, and the other one on July 23, 1975.
Canton and nearby Attractions
- Parlin Ingersoll Library
- Canton Industrial Park
- South Park United Methodist Church
- Rainbow Lake
- Lake Drive Shopping Center
- Kellogg Park
Things To Do In Canton
The city has a number of stunning lakes and reservoirs, the banks of which are popular tourist haunts. Among these are the Strode Lake, the Rainbow Lake, the Fitch Lake, the Bond Lake and the Veterans Lake. The Canton Park District manages nearly 1,400 acres of open space, where a host of recreational opportunities are available to visitors. The Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area and the Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area are also nearby. The annual Canton Friendship Festival also draws huge crowds from neighboring areas.
Greater Peoria Regional Airport is nearby.
Canton Higher Education
Residents of Canton can enroll at the local Spoon River College or the Graham Hospital School of Nursing. Other institutes of higher education in the area are Illinois Central College and Bradley University.