Murray Baker Bridge is scheduled to be closed from April 2,2005 until October 1, 2005!
Murray Morrison Baker, a businessman who sold farm machinery in Peoria, convinced Holt Manufacturing Company to open plant in the city. Later, Holt merged with C.L. Best...to become Caterpillar Tractor Company, the rest is history! Baker also established the Baker-Hubble Dairy (Prairie Farms), and he owned the first car dealership in the city When he retired, Baker became a philanthropist. He once said, "I made my money in Peoria, and I want Peoria to benefit." I sure like his style.
Peoria did not forget Murray Baker's generosity. They name the I-74 bridge that spans the Illinois River after him. Baker died at age 92 in 1964, but he live to see this landmark bridge that connects Peoria and East Peoria become his namesake...I'm glad.
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If you want to take an unusual adventure, try the Spirit of Peoria cruise. Spirit of Peoria is the name of a replica of a turn-of-the century sternwheeler that offers cruises along the beautiful Illinois River.
These cruises depart from The Landing at the foot of Main Street on the waterfront.
They do Narrated sightseeing Cruises,
Themed Dinner Cruises, Holiday Show Cruises, Private Charters, & Overnight Cruises.
The sightseeing cruises are 90-minutes in length. Some of the most popular cruises are the Starved Rock State Park Cruise with an overnight stay or the Peoria to Pere Marquette State Park Cruise with a two-night stay.
You can go to their website for more information.
Open all year, you can even make up the cruise that you wish to take!
May through October, visitors can take a trip back in time down Peoria streets by riding the CityLink's historic Peoria Trolley. Narration is provided by the Peoria Historical Society, and the trolley , depending on the tour selected, takes visitors to many fascinating locations.
River City Tour (Formerly Grand View Drive Tour) takes people down Grand View Drive with elegant homes that look out over the Illinois River. Visitors learn about the rich Peoria history, its ethnic culture, & it's historic architecture, The trolley goes through the Averyville area to downtown Peoria and Southtown to Moss Avenue to High Street back downtown to Glen Oak Avenue and back to Peoria Heights.. Every Thursday & Saturday at 10:30 a.m., leaving from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights
All American City (from naughty to nice) celebrates the fact that Peoria has been honored 3 times with the prestigious "All American City" award. The tour traces these triumphs through time from the 1920's to the present. It includes the city's gangster era and Peoria's most notorious crime scene (The Bernie Shelton Murder). Downtown's old and new as well as developing business districts are toured.
Fridays at 10:30 a.m., leaving from Peoria Riverfront Visitors' Center
Old Peoria & the Judge starts at the Visitors' Center and goes to the earliest sections of downtown and on to Peoria's northside. The ride ends with guided tour of the elegant 1837 Flannagan House Museum situated on a high bluff overlooking the Illinois River Valley.
Leaves from Riverfront Visitors' Centery.
Friday at 2:00 p.m. (July & August Only)