Introduction to La Salle, Illinois
La Salle History
La Salle was named after the French explorer, Robert de LaSalle. The city was designated in 1830, and was officially incorporated into the state in 1852. Its development began with the establishment of the Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company, by Frederich W. Matthiessen and Edward C. Hegeler. The company remained one of the largest employers in La Salle until the time of its closure in the year 1960.
La Salle and nearby Attractions
- Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
- Starved Rock State Park
- Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Matthiessen State Park
- Farnsworth House
Things To Do In La Salle
The parks in the area, such as Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, and Illini State Park provide many recreational opportunities. The Farnsworth House, built in 1951 by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, is a showcase of modernistic architecture. The Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area is close to the city.
La Salle Transportation
The closest airport to the city is the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.
La Salle Higher Education
Higher education is available at Illinois Valley Community College, Northern Illinois University, and Kishwaukee College.