Macomb Favorites

  • Macomb, Illinois
    Macomb, Illinois
    by deecat
  • Street Scene from Macomb, Illinois
    Street Scene from Macomb, Illinois
    by deecat
  • Old Standard Oil Building
    Old Standard Oil Building
    by deecat

Most Recent Favorites in Macomb

  • deecat's Profile Photo

    Macomb, Illinois

    by deecat Written Nov 8, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Would you believe that when Macomb was first settled [1829], it was named "Washington", but when the town was founded a year late as the county seat of McDonough County, it was named after General Alexander Macomb; thus, the name Macomb!
    General Macomb was a general in the War of 1812. Congress of the United States awarded war veterans land grants in and arounnd Macomb [part of the "Military Tract".

    What really put Macomb "on the map", so to speak, was when a state financed highway [Route 3] was constructed from Cairo, Illinois to Rock Island Illinois and went through Macomb! By the late 1920s, U. S. Route 67 was extended along Route 3 to Dubuque, Iowa.

    At one time [1855, a railroad that became the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad went through Macomb.

    Today the population of Macomb is about 40,000.

    Fondest memory: It was in 1899 that the Western Illinois State Normal School [now called Western Illinois University] was founded in Macomb. The Main Building was erected and later it was called Sherman Building after Representative Lawrence Sherman who was the main force behind locating the university in the town of Macomb.

    Everywhere but on the campus of the university, we noted predominately Caucasion population. I looked it up and discovered that Macomb is
    93% Caucasion
    3% African American
    2% Hispanic
    2% Asian

    Allan and I thought the town was quite attractive, especially the Courthouse Square.j

    Macomb, Illinois Street Scene from Macomb, Illinois Old Standard Oil Building Macdonough County Courthouse, Macomb, Illinois
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • BobD's Profile Photo

    Lake Argyle jam

    by BobD Written Feb 25, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Catch a Shady Grove reunion. From time to time the Shady Grove Band return to Macomb for another 'final performance'. Nearby Lake Argyle provides the perfect spot to start the weekend festivities. For those who attended college in Macomb Lake Argyle was the place to relax and party. It still is.

    Fondest memory: Music was always a good way to get people together. Macomb Still provides a great music scene.

    Jammin at the park
    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • BobD's Profile Photo

    Jammin at Argyle

    by BobD Written May 24, 2004

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Lake Argyle is a wonderful setting for a jam session. Good friends and good music.

    Fondest memory: The best parties in Macomb always involved live music.

    circle of friends
    Related to:
    • Music

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Macomb

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

41 travelers online now

Comments

Macomb Favorites

Reviews and photos of Macomb favorites posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Macomb sightseeing.

View all Macomb hotels