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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Lebanon, Illinois

Tour de Stooges
is presented by:

RPTI
Gateway East Trails
(formerly Ridge Prairie Trailhead Inititiative)

SAG Service for the Tour De Stooges
is provided by:

The Bike
              Surgeon
Bike Surgeon
Shiloh, IL

The Tour de Stooges also receives
support from:

City of Lebanon, Illinois
McKendree University
Lebanon Chamber of Commerce


About Lebanon, Illinois

Lebanon logo Founded in 1814, the town of Lebanon, Illinois is located less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri.  With a population of 4,000 residents, Lebanon's small town charm combined with its metropolitan location, make it a great place to live, work and play.  St. Louis Street, also known as "The Brick Street", takes you through the historic shopping district where you’ll find a mix of antique stores, quaint shops, restaurants and other businesses. In the heart of the shopping district is the Visitors Center where guests can view historic images of the town and pick up information on the many community events that take place throughout the year.

Founded in 1814, the town of Lebanon, Illinois is located less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri.  With a population of 4,000 residents, Lebanon's small town charm combined with its metropolitan location, make it a great place to live, work and play.  St. Louis Street, also known as "The Brick Street", takes you through the historic shopping district where you’ll find a mix of antique stores, quaint shops, restaurants and other businesses. In the heart of the shopping district is the Visitors Center where guests can view historic images of the town and pick up information on the many community events that take place throughout the year. - See more at: http://www.mckendree.edu/about/visitor/lebanon/#sthash.1cqInFY4.dpuf
Founded in 1814, the town of Lebanon, Illinois is located less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri.  With a population of 4,000 residents, Lebanon's small town charm combined with its metropolitan location, make it a great place to live, work and play.  St. Louis Street, also known as "The Brick Street", takes you through the historic shopping district where you’ll find a mix of antique stores, quaint shops, restaurants and other businesses. In the heart of the shopping district is the Visitors Center where guests can view historic images of the town and pick up information on the many community events that take place throughout the year. - See more at: http://www.mckendree.edu/about/visitor/lebanon/#sthash.1cqInFY4.dpuf

Mermaid House
Mermaid House Hotel
, located on East St. Louis Street in Lebanon, Illinois, was built in 1830 by the retired New England sea captain Lyman Adams. He named it for the mermaids he reported seeing at sea.

The Mermaid House was visited by Charles Dickens in 1842 and received a mention in his book American Notes.

The public-house was so very clean and good a one, that the managers of the jaunt resolved to return to it and put up there for the night, if possible. This course decided on, and the horses being well refreshed, we again pushed forward, and came upon the Prairie at sunset.

Returning to Lebanon that night, we lay at the little inn at which we had halted in the afternoon. In point of cleanliness and comfort it would have suffered by no comparison with any English alehouse, of a homely kind, in England.[3]

The Mermaid House was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 1975.

McKendree University
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McKendree University - Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois, and the oldest in the nation with continuous ties to the United Methodist Church.

First called "Lebanon Seminary," the school opened in two rented sheds for 72 students. In 1830, Bishop William McKendree, the first American-born bishop of the Methodist church, permitted the Board of Trustees to change the institution's name to McKendree. Later Bishop McKendree deeded 480 acres of rich land in Shiloh Valley, Illinois, to help support the College.

Reverend Peter Akers, in 1833, was the first president of the newly named college. He was three times president of McKendree and received its first degree, an honorary Doctorate of Divinity.  In 1835, the college received one of the first charters granted to independent church colleges by the Illinois legislature. The institution still operates under the provisions of a second, more liberal charter obtained in 1839.

McKendree's students have included many who became pioneers in industry and business, who became senators and governors and career public servants, who became distinguished military leaders, and who filled pulpits and teaching appointments across the land.

In July 2007 McKendree College officially became McKendree University.

Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois, and the oldest in the nation with continuous ties to the United Methodist Church.

First called "Lebanon Seminary," the school opened in two rented sheds for 72 students. In 1830, Bishop William McKendree, the first American-born bishop of the Methodist church, permitted the Board of Trustees to change the institution's name to McKendree. Later Bishop McKendree deeded 480 acres of rich land in Shiloh Valley, Illinois, to help support the College.

Reverend Peter Akers, in 1833, was the first president of the newly named college. He was three times president of McKendree and received its first degree, an honorary Doctorate of Divinity.  In 1835, the college received one of the first charters granted to independent church colleges by the Illinois legislature. The institution still operates under the provisions of a second, more liberal charter obtained in 1839.

McKendree's students have included many who became pioneers in industry and business, who became senators and governors and career public servants, who became distinguished military leaders, and who filled pulpits and teaching appointments across the land.

In July 2007 McKendree College officially became McKendree University.