Bourbonnais (Images of America: Illinois) Vic Johnson

ISBN: 9780738540962

Published: September 20th 2006

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128 pages


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Bourbonnais (Images of America: Illinois)  by  Vic  Johnson

Bourbonnais (Images of America: Illinois) by Vic Johnson
September 20th 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 128 pages | ISBN: 9780738540962 | 9.74 Mb

The village name Bourbonnais is attributed to FranAAois Bourbonnais. He was a 19th-century French Canadian fur trader who maintained a post in a grove of trees along the east bank of the Kankakee River. This location became known as BourbonnaisMoreThe village name Bourbonnais is attributed to FranAAois Bourbonnais. He was a 19th-century French Canadian fur trader who maintained a post in a grove of trees along the east bank of the Kankakee River. This location became known as Bourbonnais Grove. Noel LeVasseur, a former American Fur Company employee, bought two sections of land in the grove in 1834 and established a settlement of immigrant French Canadians.

At first, the village was called variously La Point, La Ville, and Vasseurville. A post office named Bourbonnais Grove opened in 1838. The village was known as Bourbonnais Grove until 1875, when it was incorporated as Bourbonnais. By the 1860s, Bourbonnais Grove had 1,719 inhabitants, a blacksmith shop, livery stable, hotel, and a new church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Nativity and built of native limestone.

The images in this book depicting life in Bourbonnais have been gathered from local private and museum collections.



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