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W hether Old Shawneetown or New, both are filled with history!

Aunt Lizzie Aiken — This is an article on the well-remembered Civil War era nurse who served for a time at Shawneetown.

Bank of Illinois — The bank as it appeared around the turn of the century as well as a $20 bill from 1839. The big bank structure is the first commercial bank building in Illinois and was built at the cost of $80,000 between 1838 and 1840.

Floods - Shawneetown's Early Levees — There's a repeating theme to Shawneetown's levees. They build them. They break. They build them higher. They break again.

1898 Flood - Song — Sing along with the lyrics of the "Flood of Shawneetown".

1898 Flood — This is the Final Report of the Shawneetown Relief Committee which gives a history of the recovery effort.

1913 Flood - Picture — This picture of the west side of Main Street shows the damaged from the flood waters.

1937 Flood - Bob Anderson and the shortwave radio — An adventure story of the early days of the flood.

1937 Flood - State Response — This article deals with the Illinois public health response to the flood.

1937 Flood - Creation of New Shawneetown — Just what it says. This is the WPA version of the history of the removal of Shawneetown to high ground.

John Marshall House — The second brick structure built in Shawneetown. This is best remembered as an early home for the Bank of Illinois.

Presbyterian Church of Shawneetown — This is from a turn of the 20th Century postcard.

Well Layafette Drank From — This is supposedly the well the Revolutionary War hero Lafayette drank from during his visit to Shawneetown in 1826.

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