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Representative Bill Mitchell's General Assembly Resolution
for Recognition of Mt. Pulaski's 175
th Anniversary (1836-2011)

Feb. 17th, 2011


Full Text of HR0077

      WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
  Representatives are pleased to congratulate the people of Mount
  Pulaski as they celebrate the 175th anniversary of the
  community; and
      WHEREAS, Mt. Pulaski was founded in 1836 by Jabez Capps,
  George Washington Turley, and Dr. Barton Robinson; it is a town
  of 1,800 people quietly nestled in the southeastern part of
  Logan County; the town was named after Count Casimir Pulaski, a
  Polish Brigadier General, who gave his life in the
  Revolutionary War; and
      WHEREAS, Mt. Pulaski is home to one of two remaining
  original courthouses where Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the
  Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit from 1849 to 1854; and
      WHEREAS, In October of 1900, President William McKinley,
  former President Grover Cleveland, Vice President Teddy
  Roosevelt, and John D Rockefeller came to Mt. Pulaski for a
  large Republican Rally during the re-election campaign of
  President McKinley; they stayed overnight at the Mt. Pulaski
  House Hotel and 1200-1500 people attended the rally; and
      WHEREAS, In 1910, the famous Wright Brother's


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1   Airplane-Train Race, which started in Chicago at Washington
2   Park, went through Mt. Pulaski to the Illinois State
3   Fairgrounds in Springfield; Wilbur Wright's bi-plane raced an
4   Illinois Central train, and stopped for refueling and water
5   four blocks south of the town square; and
6       WHEREAS, Mt. Pulaski earned the nickname "Vinegar Hill"
7   because, prior to the repeal of the eighteenth amendment
8   (prohibition) in 1933, Mt. Pulaski stayed "wet" longer than the
9   surrounding "dry" towns; Mt. Pulaski had 13 prosperous saloons
10   and a few bootleggers and the railroads brought customers into
11   town from every direction; people would come with empty flasks
12   and leave with full ones; upon nearing town, the conductor
13   would call out "Vinegar Hill next stop"; and
14       WHEREAS, In 1936, on the 100th year anniversary of the
15   Village, the courthouse was established as an Illinois State
16   historical site; therefore, be it
19   we congratulate the people of Mt. Pulaski on this
20   quartoseptcentennial celebration and wish their community
21   continued success for years to come; and be it further
22       RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be


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1   presented to the people of Mt. Pulaski as a symbol of our
2   respect and esteem.