Today on “Days to Remember” on December 3rd 1818, the State of Chicago Illinois became the 21s state of United States, also known as Admission’s Day.
The strange but beautiful prairie lands east of the Mississippi and north of Lake Michigan presented a difficult challenge to the tide of westward-moving immigrants.
Accustomed to the heavily forested lands of states like Kentucky and Tennessee, the early immigrants to Illinois did not know what to make of the vast treeless stretches of the prairie.
For all these reasons, most of the early Illinois settlers remained in the southern part of the state, where they built homes and farms near the trees that grew along the many creek and river bottoms.
The challenge of the prairies slowed emigration into the region; when Illinois was granted statehood in 1818, the population was only about 35,000, and most of the prairie was still largely unsettled.
By 1840, the center of population in Illinois had shifted decisively to the north, and the once insignificant hamlet of Chicago rapidly became a bustling city. The four giant prairie counties of northern Illinois, which were the last to be settled, boasted population densities of 18 people per square mile. Increasingly recognized as one of the nation’s most fertile agricultural areas, the vast emptiness of the Illinois prairie was eagerly conquered by both pioneers and plows.
Today’s YouTube presentation from user name, (The Marches 09), brings you the State Song of Illinois, as we celebrate on December 3rd Illinois becoming the 21st State of the United States.
Besides the Christmas movie a lot wonderful things come from the state of Illinois. Did you know Ronald Reagan was born there?
Did you know the 1990 Christmas movie called, “Home Alone,” was filmed in Chicago Illinois?
The house used for the movie in Winnetka was sold for 1.585 million dollars in March 2012. It was promoted as a tourist attraction.
The ice cream sundae originated in Evanston Illinois.
Elzie Crisler Segar, the creator of Popeye the Sailorman cartoon, was born in Chester, Illinois.
Did you know, Illinois generates more nuclear power than any other state?
Illinois’ is also home to the world’s only river that flows backward.
There is a fire-breathing dragon in Vandalia, IL known as the Kaskaskia Dragon.
Twinkies were invented on April 6, 1930 in River Forest, Illinois.
Morton, IL is the “pumpkin capital of the world.” More than 85% of packaged pumpkin comes from here.
The world’s tallest man was born in Alton, IL. Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8’11”, weight 491 lbs. and wore a size 37 shoe.
The first public office that Abraham Lincoln took was as postmaster in New Salem, IL.
As we celebrate today how Illinois became the 21s state of United States, we remember what wonderful things this amazing state gave to us.
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