Introduction to Geneseo, Illinois
Located in Henry county, Geneseo, Illinois, is 22 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center) and 132 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. It is a part of the surrounding Davenport - Moline - Rock Island metro area. Geneseo is home to some 6,480 residents.
The present-day territory of Geneseo was established by ten gentlemen from New York who decided to go west and set up a colony in Illinois between 1835-36; of the ten, seven made it to Henry county. The colonists purchased around 2,000 acres in the area where the city of Geneseo now stands. Geneseo was incorporated as a village on February 14, 1855 by a special act of the General Assembly. It was once again incorporated as a city on February 16, 1865.
Geneseo and nearby Attractions
- Geneseo Historical Museum
- Bishop Hill State Historic Site
- Hennepin Canal Parkway
- Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
- Maple Bluff Golf Club
Things To Do In Geneseo
Geneseo is home to several Victorian-style houses. The Geneseo Historical Museum documents the history of the city. In addition, the historic 104.5-mile Hennepin Canal Parkway near the city spreads across five counties. The Bishop Hill State Historic Site and the Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area are among the other points of interest in Geneseo. The city also has several golf courses such as the Country View Golf Course and Maple Bluff Golf Club. The city also holds the annual 'Christmas Walk', formerly known as the 'Victorian Walk', which is organized by the residents living in the month of December.
The closest airport to the city is Quad City International Airport.
Geneseo Higher Education
Higher education is available at Black Hawk College, Saint Ambrose University, and Eastern Iowa Community College District.