History of Warsaw
Hancock County, Illinois, USA


Forts from the War of 1812

During the War of 1812, the British had a military installation at Rock Island, about 100 miles north on the Mississippi River. To counter the British presence in the area, the US built two forts on the bluffs above the Mississippi at Warsaw. Neither fort is in existence today, but a monument was erected in 1914 on the bluff site of Fort Edwards.

Fort Johnson

Fort Edwards

Beginnings of the town of Warsaw

Warsaw was surveyed in 1834 by speculators who thought the area would become important in manufacturing and shipping on the Mississippi River. Today, a large section of Warsaw in on the National Register of Historic Places.

Home of Burgemeister Beer

Warsaw Brewing Company in Warsaw was the home of Burgemeister Beer.


John Hay, a famous citizen of Warsaw



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