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Spring Valley, Illinois
 
Spring Valley is a city of 5,400 residents located in eastern Bureau County, Illinois. The City lies in the valley of Spring Creek. The hills on either side of this valley were, and are to some extent today, laced with springs that still feed Spring Creek. With the springs and valleys, it was easy to conceive the name Spring Valley. There is a record that the Indians called this territory, "The Valley of the Springs."
 
Spring Valley was founded in 1884 in the heart of the coal fields of Northern Illinois for the express purpose of mining of coal. The building of Spring Valley was the enterprise of Henry J. Miller, one of the first settlers of this area, and his son-in-law, Charles J. Devlin. They acquired the mineral rights of 5,000 acres and purchased 500 acres on which to build the town. The boring of the mine commenced in 1884 and the town surveyed and platted. Spring Valley was a boom town, its growth was so rapid that it was called the "Magic City." In less than four years, by 1888, the Chicago North Western railroad had laid a line from DeKalb, IL, four mines had been sunk and the town had 3,000 people. Completion from the Southern Illinois coal fields forced the mine to close in late 1927.
 
Today Spring Valley is a progressive city, well located south of Interstate 80 and north of the Illinois River and just west of the cities of LaSalle and Peru, Illinois. The river provides transportation for grain traffic and great recreational opportunities. The Spring Valley Barto Boat Landing is home to the Sauger Capital of the world and also the biggest Walleye competition in the state. The Interstate 80 intersection with Rt. 89, only 9 miles from I-39, offers great opportunity for development and in 1999 Wal-Mart located a 1.2 million square foot distribution center in Spring Valley.
 
With ample access for commuters, Spring Creek Golf Course and the River for recreation, a fine school and library system, and St. Margaret's Hospital to meet the medical needs of its residents, Spring Valley is a great place to raise a family.
 
Information partially provided by the City of Spring Valley's web site.
 
 
 

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