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Stunning Historical Photos of Peoria, Illinois in the 1938

Peoria is located about 160 miles southwest of Chicago along the Illinois River, where it widens to form Peoria Lake. It was named after the Peoria Indians, one of the five tribes of the Illinois confederacy, who had long inhabited the area before Europeans arrived. Peoria was incorporated as a village on March 11, 1835.  The city had no mayor, but a village president, Rudolphus Rouse, served from 1835 to 1836. John B Lishk was appointed as the first Chief of Police in 1837. The village president was replaced by William Hale as the first mayor, marking the end of the village presidency.

Peoria is a major port on the Illinois River, a trading and shipping center for a predominantly agricultural area with corn, soybeans, and livestock production. Here are some stunning historical photos that show what Peoria looked like in 1938.

#1 Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#2 Beer tavern, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Beer tavern, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#3 Slums at Cinder Point between railroad and Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Slums at Cinder Point between railroad and Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#4 Waiting for a bus in front of feed store, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Waiting for a bus in front of feed store, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#5 Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#6 Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#7 Men in park, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Men in park, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#8 Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#9 Men in park, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Men in park, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#10 Slums at Cinder Point between railroad and Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Slums at Cinder Point between railroad and Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#11 Waiting for a bus in front of feed store, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Waiting for a bus in front of feed store, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#12 Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Sign across main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#13 Main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#14 Main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Main street, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#15 Men in park, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Men in park, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#16 Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#17 Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#18 Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#19 Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#20 Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Courthouse steps, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#21 Man leaving prostitute’s house, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Man leaving prostitute's house, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#22 Brothel, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Brothel, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#23 Brothel, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Brothel, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#24 Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#25 Women at window, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Women at window, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#26 License bureau in courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

License bureau in courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#27 Street opposite courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Street opposite courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#28 Slums at Cinder Point between railroad and Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Slums at Cinder Point between railroad and Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#29 Production of butylene glycol at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Production of butylene glycol at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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#30 Production of butylene glycol at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Peoria, Illinois, 1938

Production of butylene glycol at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Peoria, Illinois, 1938

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Written by Aung Budhh

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