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Shawneetown Bank State Historic Site

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Address: R.R. 1, Shawneetown, IL 62984
Phone Number: +1 618-269-3303

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Time forgot this place!

We just wanted to drive across the Ohio River. When we got to Shawneetown we noticed it was more of a ghost town. A very interesting place with some interesting history. Lewis and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 May 2016
Polk T
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Naples, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

You don't have to visit Colorado or Montana or the Old West to see ghost towns. Illinois has a few of them. I first became acquainted with Shawneetown in 1955 when the tiny town's high school basketball team, led by all-stater Garrison Newsom, posted a 32-1 record and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament in Champaign. For a town... More 

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Naples, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

We just wanted to drive across the Ohio River. When we got to Shawneetown we noticed it was more of a ghost town. A very interesting place with some interesting history. Lewis and Clark went through the area on their way to the Pacific.

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Florence, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

How wonderful that a piece of Southern Illinois history is still standing. It is a shame, however, that more has not been done to restore this place, and protect it from further deterioration.

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Morganfield, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

It's just an old building. There's really nothing special there.

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Very impressive building with an amazing history. Been inside many times as a young man.

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Thank James D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

could use some more TLC and get it back to where you can take tours in it again would be nice

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Salem, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2007

The Bank of Illinois, was constructed in 1839-41 to house the offices Tof the Bank of Illinois at Shawneetown. It later housed numerous other financial institutions before it was closed in the 1930s. This fine example of Greek Revival architecture survives as the Shawneetown Bank State Historic Site.

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