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Shedd Aquarium

Old River School Historic District

One block north from downtown Freeport, Freeport, IL 61032

Historic Sites

This residential district includes original Freeport and the city's first street, Monterey, and was later known as the "Gold Coast".

Points of interest include Freeport's oldest house (built in 1838), the childhood home of famed Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons, a monument honoring Freeport's founder, William "Tutty" Baker, and the Van Buren Bridge, built in 1885 of wrought iron.

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