Griggsville Landing, Illinois

Griggsville Landing, Illinois

Griggsville Landing, Illinois

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Griggsville Landing, also known as Phillips Landing or Phillips Ferry, was located in Flint Township, just south of Valley City, Illinois. It is a former town site on the Illinois River in Pike County. The town was a steamboat stop which began sometime in the 1830s. There was a lime kiln there that was part of a commercial lime operation prior to post-Civil War industrial intensification in the lime industry. The town at Griggsville Landing was home to a boat yard, a grist mill and a hotel in addition to the Griggsville Landing Lime Kiln, built around 1850, which is still standing as of 2007. The town was eventually abandoned, rendering it a ghost town.

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Early history

Pike County, Illinois was surveyed by the United States government in 1817–1819. In 1822, Garrett Van Dusen, the second settler in Flint Township, started a ferry using a canoe, ferrying footmen and swimming horses. Judge William Thomas of Jacksonville, in an 1873 letter, recalled crossing the river here in September 1827: Van Deusen later sold the ferry and land claim to Nimrod Phillips. By 1832, the...
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