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Northern Leg of the Byway
The Ottawa Historical & Scouting Heritage Museum was founded to promote and preserve the colorful and proud traditions of Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and Camp Fire, via exhibition of the past of these organizations with memorabilia from its vast collection.
Central Leg of the Byway
This river town is home to the Charles Perdew Museum, which showcases the famed duck decoys created by Charles and Edna Perdew. The couple did their wildlife carving and painting from their home and workshop overlooking the Illinois River. The property is now in the process of being restored as a memorial to these renowned artists.
Discover Peoria’s vibrant past at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum, the 1868 mansion constructed in the Second Empire architectural style was built for prominent businessman Moses Pettengill (1802-1883).
The John C. Flanagan House Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in viewing the area’s oldest home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Flanagan House was continuously inhabited from 1837 until 1962 when it became part of the Peoria Historical Society.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the largest and best-known museum in town. Here, visitors can explore an array of exhibits from fine art to science and technology. Visitors to the Dome Planetarium can explore the universe.
The Wheels O’ Time Museum is a train and car enthusiast’s paradise, boasting over 20,000 square feet of train cars, classic cars, motorcycles and other vintage vehicles from early 1900s steam-powered to modern muscle cars.
Southern Leg of the Byway
The Canton Area Heritage Center provides a place to showcase artifacts and to capture Canton’s compelling history of almost 200 years, focusing on the industries that have been established in the area over time.