Five Interesting Facts About Quincy You Might Not Know
Over the past few days, I've been thumbing through a number of history books about Hannibal, Ralls County, and Quincy. Quincy: A Pictorial History by Carl Landrum is an excellent resource for anyone that likes to read about local history. Here are five interesting facts I've picked up from the book.
- The Adams County Courthouse buildings have been a little unlucky. The first two were destroyed by fire. The first burned in 1835 and the second in 1875. The third courthouse building was hit by a tornado in 1945.
- This one will amuse Cardinal fans. Cubs fans might want to avert their eyes. Quincy once had a baseball team that was a member of the Iowa State League. In 1907, the local Quincy team played an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs ... and won! The final score was 5-2. To be fair, we need to mention that the Cubs did not play their starters.
- The 1867 Illinois State Fair was held in Quincy, but horse racing was not allowed because the Ministerial Association protested against betting on horses. The fair was a failure, and moved on to another city.
- The German language was once just as common as English in Quincy.
- Beer was big business in Quincy. In 1888, Quincy had 105 saloons and seven breweries.
The copy I have of Quincy: A Pictorial History was published in 1990. I'm not certain how easy it is to find copies, today. There are a number of books on local history available at both The Book Stop on 24th Street, and Quincy Books inside Quincy Mall, and, of course, the library is also a great resource for anyone interested in finding out more about Quincy's past.