Farmers National Bank

14. Farmers National Bank Building

Your Clue: "There are two dates on the front of the building. Subtract the first date from the second date and add the remaining two digits together. Use that number with the corresponding key below to find the letter you need for the puzzle."


These informational sites along with 10 cache sites placed around Pekin will provide letters or numbers you'll need to unscramble a prominent name and important year in Pekin's history. Once you've unscrambled the name and year, submit your answer to be entered into a drawing for a one-of-a-kind, locally 3-D printed "flat" Everett, $50 in Chamber checks & some official Pekin swag!

Please be courteous and respectful of your surroundings! We hope you enjoy this historic tour of Pekin & participate in other events throughout 2024 to celebrate this milestone.

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A Bit of History...

Witness to a century and a half of Pekin’s history: the Farmers National Bank building

The Tazewell County Assessor’s website says the Farmers National Bank building was constructed in 1910, but that was only the date of a major remodeling project that revamped a structure that has existed at least since the 1870s if not earlier. The building, of course, is named for the former Farmers National Bank, one of Pekin’s major financial institutions that operated from 1875 to 1932.

The 1861 Root’s City Directory of Pekin says Dr. Daniel A. Cheever, homoeopathic physician, then had his office and residence and office at the northeast corner of Court and Capitol, though it’s not clear if the building on that corner in 1861 is the same one in which Farmers National Bank opened 14 years later.


Think you have Solved The Puzzle?

Once you have visited all the sites and unscrambled the numbers and letters, send us your answer for a chance to win prizes! Submissions are due by December 31st, 2024; winner drawn January 6th, 2025.