Introduction to Washington, Illinois
Washington, Illinois is 9 miles E of Peoria, Illinois and 121 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Tazewell county. The city is part of the Peoria - Pekin metro area. The population of Washington is 10,841.
Washington was founded in 1825 by William Holland Sr, who moved to the area from North Carolina. He was hired by the U.S. Government to provide blacksmith services to the local Native Americans. The city was initially named Holland’s Grove in his honor. It was later renamed Washington in honor of the first U.S. President.
Washington and nearby Attractions
- Washington City Hall
- Sunnyland Plaza Shopping Center
- Saint Marks Church
- West Lake
- Glendale Cemetery
- Washington District Library
- Washington Park
Things To Do In Washington
The West Lake boasts of optimum conditions for fishing, while Candlewood Park, Meadow Valley Park and Washington Park provide plenty of greenery and recreational facilities.
Greater Peoria Regional Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Washington Higher Education
Bradley University and Illinois State University provide higher education facilities to the people of Washington.