Introduction to East Peoria, Illinois
East Peoria, Illinois, in Tazewell county, is 2 miles S of Peoria, Illinois (center to center) and 130 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Peoria - Pekin metro area, the city is not an isolated city. East Peoria is home to some 22,638 residents.
East Peoria History
East Peoria was initially established as Bluetown. It was platted by Joseph Schertz in 1864 and renamed Hilton in 1869. Coleville and the former community of Bluetown merged in 1884 and were officially incorporated as Hilton. It was named the Village of East Peoria in 1919. The earliest industries revolved around coal mining as a rich vein of coal was discovered near the surface. The development of railroads led to the development of East Peoria as a manufacturing center.
East Peoria and nearby Attractions
- Fort Crevecoeur State Park
- Glen Oak Zoo
- John C. Flanagan House Museum
- Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
- Newman Golf Course
- Leo Donovan Golf Course
Things To Do In East Peoria
People who like to have fun would never be disappointed in East Peoria because it offers a varied range of activities. The area is famous for its special events and programs such as the EastSide Centre athletic tournaments, the Festival of Lights, fishing tournaments, and car shows. One can also visit the parks, golf courses, and museums in and around the city.
East Peoria Transportation
The Greater Peoria Regional Airport is approximately 10 miles.
East Peoria Higher Education
The Illinois Central College is within the city and Bradley University is nearby.