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Pekin City

Tazewell County, Illinois

Photo: Carl Herget Mansion, ca. 1912, 420 Washington Street, Pekin, IL. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Photographed by User:Ammodramus (own work), 2011, [cc-by-1.0 (creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed June, 2014.

Pekin City Photo

Pekin City Hall is located at 111 South Capitol Street, Pekin, IL 61554.
Phone: 309‑477‑2300.


The first to settle in the area that would become Pekin was Jonathan Tharp who built a log cabin on the east bank of the Illinois River in 1824. He was followed by family members and friends. The "Town Site" was laid out by William Hodge, a county surveyor, in 1829. The city was named after Peking, China. A post office was opened in 1832. By 1837 the town had 3 stores, 2 taverns, a church, a railroad depot, a school and ferry service across the Illinois River. The town was organized as a city in 1849.

  1. City of Pekin, The History of the City of Pekin, www.ci.pekin.il.us, accessed November, 2011.