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 Hall is located at 111 South Capitol Street, Pekin, IL 61554.
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.