History of Crawford County

Rich in History

Providing Accurate Historical Information

Students in the fifth grade class at Palestine Grade School researched the historical significance of Palestine, Illinois and its surrounding area. Their website highlights that research.

The Oil Belt Traction Company

The Oil Belt Traction Company was a railroad company that carried oil between Bridgeport to Oblong.

Fort LaMotte

This fort was from the earliest settlement in Palestine, Illinois.

L.S. Heath and Sons

L.S. Heath and Sons is a nationally known candy company.


The railroad helped build Crawford County.

The Harper House

This house is one of the oldest houses in Palestine.

The Fife Opera House

The Fife Opera House hosted concerts and plays on their second floor.

Mullen's Dressing

Mullen's is famous for their French dressing.

The Land Office

This office was used to purchase land all over the United States.

The Labor Day Rodeo

The rodeo is a yearly event that is an important part of Palestine history.

Meisenhelder Mill

This mill was a local mill that ground up wheat and grain.

Crawford County Fair

The Crawford County Fair celebrates the Agriculture community of the area.

Oilfield Museum

The Oilfield Museum contains relics from the oil industry.

Governor Agustus C. French

The ninth Governor of Illinois once served at the land office in Palestine.


Contact autumn.burkett@palestine-pioneers.net or jana.bayne@palestine-pioneers.net to get more information on the project.

For more information on Palestine, contact the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at (618) 586-2222.

For more information on Palestine and the surrounding area, contact the Crawford County Historical Society at http://www.crawfordilhistory.org/ .