Wednesday, June 13, 2018

100th Anniversary of the Columbia Disaster

The Tazewell County Museum is hosting a community event on June 30th. The river steamboat "Columbia" collapsed and sank on July 5th, 1918 in the Illinois River.  Of the nearly 500 passengers on board there were 87 people that lost their lives. Most of the victims were from Pekin.

A Memorial Service honoring the victims and survivors will be held at the Pekin Riverfront Park at the foot of Court Street beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30th.

For a preview of the program, please visit

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