County: La Salle
Lat/Long: 41.3167, -89.1167
Surveyed and platted by La Salle County school commissioners in 1834, Peru is located on the Illinois River and on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In 1836, Theron D. Brewster platted and recorded the Ninawa addition, which encompassed most of the business district of the town. In March, 1851, the Illinois General Assembly incorporated Peru as a city.
"Location & Course of the Illinois & Michigan Canal," map, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL, http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/teaching_packages/I_and_M_canal/iandmex.html; Elmer Baldwin, History of La Salle County, Illinois (Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1877), 362, 547; Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 944; "An Act to Charter the City of Peru," 13 February 1851 Private Laws of the State of Illinois (1851), 115-25.