Monday, September 19, 2016
6 Unexpected Facts about Illinois
2. Illinois is the only state whose capital is Springfield.
4. The first European settlers were French Canadians who arrived via the Mississippi River. They mispronounced a term they heard from the people already resident there (who called themselves Inoka) which English speakers misspelled Illinois. The original term meant "he speaks the regular way."
6. John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned the prairie into farmland by the mid-1800s.