Pike County

New Philadelphia
5:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:21 pm

An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.  Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.

That site in Pike County marks the first town in the country founded by an African American.  Frank McWorter was a freed slave who created the community in 18-36.

Schock says creating a national park would allow more people to know the story of McWorter.  He says it work in tandem with Lincoln attractions in Springfield.

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New Philadelphia Bill
11:34 am
Mon May 5, 2014

New Philadelphia Closer to National Park Designation

Atlas Map of Pike County 1872
Credit Andreas, Lyter Co., 1872, 84. / Illinois Historical Survey Collections, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The U.S. House passed a measure to explore whether the New Philadelphia town site should become a unit of the National Park System. 

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Public Area for Hunting
2:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

State Buys Land in Western Illinois

Illinois is buying 410 acres of land in Pike County and plans to convert it into public hunting grounds.

Governor Pat Quinn said the acquisition is part of the purchase of four sites across the state.

“Our state does not have vast areas of wilderness like some states in the west. We have pockets of wilderness, pockets of nature. And we have to really work very hard, together, to preserve and expand those pockets,” said Quinn.

The four parcels cost the state $2.8 million dollars. The money comes from the "Illinois Jobs Now" capital construction program.

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