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Peoria is the county seat of Peoria city, Illinois, and the biggest city on the Illinois River. As of the 2010 statistics, the city had a populace of 115,007. It is the key city of the Peoria Metropolitan Territory in Central Illinois, comprising of the areas of Marshall, Peoria, Tazewell, Stark, and Woodford, which had a populace of 373,590 in 2011.
A significant port on the Illinois River, Peoria is a shipping and trading center for an enormous farming area that produces maize, livestock, and soybeans. Although the economy is well established, the city's industries stay significant and produce earthmoving equipment, metal items, label, Lawn-care equipment, steel towers, building materials, farm equipment, steel, chemicals, and wire.
Settled in 1691 by the French voyager Henri de Tonti, Peoria was later named by the Peoria Historical Society to be the oldest European settlement in Illinois. Initially known as Fort Clark, it got its present name when the Area of Peoria organized in 1825. The city was named after the Peoria Tribe, a member of the Illinois Confederation. Abraham Lincoln made his Peoria speech on 16 October 1854 against the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, as explorers previously wandered up the Illinois River from the Mississippi. The lands that later would become Peoria were first settled by Europeans in 1680, when French pioneers René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and Henri de Tonti developed Fort Crevecoeur. This fort would later razed to the ground, and in 1813, Fort Clark, Illinois was constructed. At the point when the Area of Peoria was organized in 1825, Fort Clark was formally named Peoria.
The city of Peoria is where the US courthouse and the Peoria Municipal Center (that includes Carver Arena) are situated. The world headquarters for Caterpillar Inc. was situated in Peoria for more than 110 years until reporting their transition to Deerfield, Illinois in late-2017. Medicine has become a significant part of Peoria's economy. Also, the three major hospitals, the USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, is situated in Peoria. This is one of the labs where large-scale manufacturing of penicillin was developed.
Grandview Drive, which Theodore Roosevelt purportedly called the "world's most beautiful drive" during a 1910 visit, goes through both Peoria and Peoria Heights. Other than Grandview Drive, the Peoria Park District has 9,000 acres of parks and trails. Peoria, not just has five public golf courses but also private and semi-private golf courses. The Peoria Park District, the first and still biggest park region in Illinois, was the 2001 Champ of theNational Gold Medal Award for brilliance in Parks and Recreation for Class II Parks.
The Peoria Civic Center has a convention center, arena, and theater, and was finished in the early 1980s, was designed by the late architect Philip Johnson. The Hotel Pere Marquette completed renovations in 2013 with a skyway connecting to the Peoria Civic Center. Another 10-story Courtyard has been constructed near to this hotel, finishing a hotel campus for greater conventions. The Civic Center hosts the State Chess Championship, Bradley University Men's Basketball team, and the IHSA Boys State Basketball Championships. Which professes to be the biggest chess group tournament in the US.
Renaissance Park was initially assigned as a research park, originally settled in May 2003 as the Peoria Medical and Technology District. It comprised nine residential neighborhoods, the medical district, Bradley University, and the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. The Peoria NEXT Innovation Center opened in August 2007 and has both dry and wet labs, as well as office space and conference for newly established companies.