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Edwards County, Illinois
Prairie to Progress and "Chowder Capital of the World"
Chamber of Commerce.
Situated on the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, the pagoda has a long history as a landmark of Edwards County. The first structure was built in 1890 to give shelter to one of four wells commissioned in 1872 to provide drinking water to passersby and horses. After completion, the wells soon gained notoriety for their health-giving mineral water and were visited by persons from places far and wide. The first pagoda was followed by a more substantial model in 1906. It also served as a bandstand and housed the town's first fire bell. The current pagoda was erected in 1914 as a community project by the Albion Women's Beautifying Club. It still serves many purposes in public activities and has been maintained and upgraded by several groups and individuals over the years. The pagoda is justifiably a source of pride for local enthusiasts. Edwards County Memorial Plaza
The original Honor Roll Memorial Arch was dedicated on July 4, 1943, before a crowd estimated at 7,500 people. This was the largest attendance for any event in Albion to that date. The current Memorial Arch was dedicated on May 26, 1986. The American flag, which was donated by the BonPas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was raised by veterans on hand for the event. Shrubs were planted near the front of the plaza on both sides of the walk, and annuals are planted each year. The Memorial, which is made of marble, carries the names of all Edwards County residents killed in action since WW1.
Albion considers itself the "Chowder Capital of the World" and holds its chowder at the City Park every July on the Saturday before the Edwards County Fair. Ingredients are usually donated by area businesses and groups, Ed Bailey takes care of the undaunting task of lining up volunteers to stir and serve the fine meal, and all proceeds go to the Park District to maintain the park, as there are no taxes or taxpayer monies used to maintain the park.
Albion is also host to "Pork Day USA" on the Courthouse Square each
year on the Saturday following July 4th. Edwards County used to be
a strong hog producing community in years past. And even though few
now still raise hogs in the farms surrounding the community, we
still celebrate with a large parade, music, a "Little Miss" and
"Miss Pork Day, USA" pageant. Not to mention of course, lots of
porkchop sandwiches are prepared by several area groups.
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