Why is Quincy Illinois known as the "Gem City"?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    From it's abundance of natural resources and trading...it was considered a "gem."

    "In 1830 the first brick house was built, all others having been constructed of logs. The little community continued to grow, and in 1834, was incorporated as a town. Flour and saw mills flourished, for the fertile soil yielded excellent crops of grain; game was abundant; oak, hickory, and walnut timber came in quantity from the forests which were cut down to make way for the expanding community; and trade flourished. From these conditions came the nickname, The Gem City."

  • 4 years ago

    Gem City Quincy Il

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