History, Historic House, Historical Society, Library
Pontiac is the legendary Ottawa Indian chief for which the city was named in 1837. The first settlers arrived in 1838. The city was platted in 1837 and became a center of population growth for the area. Industry was established in 1838 when a sawmill opened; the first grain mill opened in 1851. Because of its strategic location along the rail line connecting Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis in the late 1870s, Pontiac became an important regional trading center.
General, History, Library, Military, Specialized
WELCOME TO THE LIVINGSTON COUNTY WAR MUSEUM - DAL ESTES EDUCATION CENTER IN PONTIAC ILLINOIS! COME VISIT OUR DISPLAYS FROM WORLD WAR I TO THE PRESENT. WE ARE STAFFED BY VETERANS AND LOCATED NEXT TO THE ROUTE 66 MUSEUM IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN PONTIAC.