Located at the core of Illinois Valley alongside its sister city LaSalle, Peru lies nestled between Interstates 39 and 50 and sits on the western end of the historical Illinois and Michigan Canal. Before the construction of the Illinois Waterway, the river ended at Peru, making it a great center of growth and trade. Peru’s origins lie in being a busy steamboat port, though eventually a railroad was built as the industrial district swelled alongside the river.
Peru, Illinois has been known as both the River City, due to its history with steamboats and the river, and also the Clock City after the company known as Westclox was founded in Peru. The Westclox factory closed in 1980, but the company dramatically influenced the population of the city, having employed over 4,000 workers at its height. Peru is also home to America’s last nail maker, W.H. Maze Company. The Carus Chemical Company, the largest manufacturer of potassium permanganate in the world, also calls Peru home.
If you’re looking for noteworthy sites to see, beautiful St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is a marvel of historic architecture. Washington Park and Centennial Park offer residents and visitors alike an outdoor experience as well as numerous recreational facilities. There are also many local restaurants that are good for local flavor or if you’re just looking to get a drink -- Brandy’s, Lou’s LaGrotto, and Waterstreet Pub are all great options. You can also get outside and go shopping at the Peru Mall.
Peru, Illinois has a great history of economic growth and is full of excellent local businesses, from restaurants to boutiques. Outdoor recreation is plentiful, and you can always check out areas like the historical canal and various restored homes from an earlier era. And if you are in need of a car, look no further than Coronet Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Coronet Mitsubishi!