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Nadya Johnson

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The Old Hanover Hotel
Hanover, Illinois (USA)

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Hanover, Illinois, is in the northwest corner of the state of Illinois within five miles of the Mississippi River. State Highway 84, part of the scenic Great River Road, runs through the center of town. The Apple River, a tributary to the Mississippi, winds through and around the town. The present site of Hanover was a Sac and Fox Indian village when white settlers first came to farm the area in 1828. A natural drop in the Apple River made the location ideal as a dam and mill site, the first of which was built in 1829 by James Craig. The settlement was initially known as “Craigsville,” but in 1838 Craig laid out and platted the streets in the village and renamed the community Wapello after the chief of the Indian village. In 1849 the name was again changed, this time to Hanover.
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Hanover is known as the Mallard Capitol of the World. Whistling Wings, the world’s largest mallard duck hatchery, annually supplies hundreds of thousands of ducks to restaurants, wildlife refuges and research facilities all over the world.

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On April 24, 1856, some 60 women, led by Delinda Craig, a granddaughter of Daniel Boone, marched up to 301 Jefferson St. to rid Hanover of its drinking and gambling parlor. The women tore the building down brick by brick until the walls came tumbling down! Rough crowd.

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In 1861, Ulysses S. Grant gave the first speech of his life in the Hanover Town Hall calling for troops to volunteer for the Civil War. It was reported that he was so nervous that he didn’t say too much of anything.
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It’s a very pretty, pleasant little town with a great family-style restaurant we’ve always liked and cool antique-shops on Main Street. I don’t know much about the old hotel~ only that it dates way back, and I’m sure “Motel” was added later. Several years ago the place was open. Last time we went there, it was closed, dark, locked and lonely. I’m sure that’s happened more than once throughout the years but I have doubts about ts opening again. Not much going on today in Hanover, today. Just months ago the village lost its biggest business and employer, when the corporation shut its doors and left. There were less than 900 people living there to start with and my guess is, there are less now.

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There are cars out there but that’s because in back is a Veteran’s lodge and next door, is the towns’ only gas station and convenience store. Sure, there are rooms available. All of them, I guess!

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Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Rain enhanced in Photoshop

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