Mendota, Illinois

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Mendota was founded in 1853.  The name "Mendota" is derived from a Lakota word meaning "junction of two trails", which was found appropriate for the city since there was a nearby railroad junction.  Make sure to visit the three museums of the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, including the Hume-Carnegie Museum that features an exhibit on Will Bill Hickok (born in nearby Troy Grove, IL).


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Hume-Carnegie Museum

The Hume-Carnegie Museum hosts an extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mendota area history. You won't want to miss it's Wild Bill Hickok collection. Other highlights include three Western cottage organs and a Carpenter organ manufactured in Mendota in the late 1800's, over 5,000 photographs and memorabilia items, and a medical exhibit featuring items from the 1920's.

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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Mendota Museum & Historical Society's mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendota, its railroads and recognizing agricultural heritage through three museums. Relive history at the Hume-Carnegie Museum, Union Railroad Depot Museum, and the Breaking the Prairie Museum.

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Scenes from Around the Corridor