Introduction to Peru, Illinois
The city's first settlers arrived in 1830, with John Hays being the first person to settle permanently in Peru. Over time, it became an important river port. In 1838, Peru was organized as a municipality and on March 13, 1851, it was officially incorporated as a city. This area also served as the world headquarters of the Westclox Clock Company.
Peru and nearby Attractions
- Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village
- Buffalo Rock State Park
- Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Matthiessen State Park
Things To Do In Peru
Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village, comprising of a farm museum, lake, and a carriage house, is housed in Peru. Situated on the Illinois River, Buffalo Rock State Park provides various outdoor activities such as camping and trailing, as well as picnicking. In addition, nearby is the Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area.
The closest airport to the city is the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.
Peru Higher Education
Illinois Valley Community College, Northern Illinois University, and Kishwaukee College are the nearby higher education schools.