Introduction to Mendota, Illinois
Mendota is a city in La Salle County, which was founded in 1829 from Putnam and Tazewell counties, and was named in honor of Robert de LaSalle, the French explorer. It was named after an Indian word which meant Crossing of Trails. Mendota saw growth and development from the Illinois Central and Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Railroads and was incorporated in 1853.
Mendota and Nearby Attractions
- Hume-Carnegie Museum
- Matthiessen State Park
- Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home
- Lake Kakusha
- Buffalo Rock State Park
- Wild Bill Hickok State Memorial
Things To Do In Mendota
While in the city, people may visit museums like Breaking the Prairie Agricultural Museum, Union Depot Railroad Museum, and Hume-Carnegie Museum. There are many parks including Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, and Buffalo Rock State Park. The parks feature hiking trails, campsites, fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities. Golf is available at Mendota Golf Course, which is an 18-hole, public golf course. The National Sweet Corn Festival is celebrated in August.
Air transportation is available at Illinois Valley Regional Airport.
Mendota Higher Education
Northern Illinois University, North Central College, and Rockford College are nearby colleges.