Introduction to Watseka, Illinois
Watseka is the county seat of the Iroquois County. Established in March 4, 1867, the city was named Watseka after the wife of an early settler in the region, Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard. The city was incorporated in 1865. In 1963, a resident of Iroquois County, Katherine Clifton, donated a large sum of money to the county along with land on which to build a new courthouse, which is located in the east side of Watseka. It is the only county courthouse in the US to be constructed without spending any tax dollars.
Watseka and nearby Attractions
- Willow Slough State Game Preserve
- Tippecanoe Battlefield
- Exploration Station
- Balmoral Race Track
- Staerkel Planetarium
Things To Do In Watseka
Local museums include the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, the Brauer Museum of Art, the Early American Museum and the Exploration Station. Other nearby historical sites include the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Farnsworth House and the Lockport Pioneer Settlement. The Buckley Homestead County Park, the Kankakee River State Park and the Mazonia Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area are some of the popular nearby parks and recreational destinations. The Balmoral Race Track, the Deep River Waterpark and the Staerkel Planetarium are all accessible from Watseka as well.
Indianapolis International is the nearest major airport.
Watseka Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Kankakee Community College, Olivet Nazarene University and Saint Joseph's College.