Grand Detour, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°53′48″N 89°24′42″W / 41.89667°N 89.41167°W / 41.89667; -89.41167
Grand Detour
Grand Detour, IL St. Peter's Church 01.JPG
Restored church in Grand Detour, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Ogle
Township Grand Detour
Elevation 656 ft (200 m)
Coordinates 41°53′48″N 89°24′42″W / 41.89667°N 89.41167°W / 41.89667; -89.41167
Area 1.194 sq mi (3 km2)
 - land 1.170 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.024 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 429 (2010)
Density 359 / sq mi (139 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61021
Area code 815
Location within Ogle County
Location within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Grand Detour, Illinois

Grand Detour, Illinois is an unincorporated census-designated place in Ogle County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 429.[1] The village is named after an odd turn in the Rock River, which flows north past the village, rather than its normal southwestern course.

The Rock River in Grand Detour, Illinois

Grand Detour is the site where John Deere invented the first successful steel plow in 1837; the first one sold in 1838. Many of the village's initial residents came from Vermont, and in the early years of the 20th century many artists were known to live here.[citation needed] Orson Welles spent several summers here as a youth at his father's hotel, The Sheffield House. Speaking of Grand Detour in a discussion of "Citizen Kane" Welles said, "Where I do see some kind of Rosebud, perhaps, is in that world of Grand Detour. A childhood there was like a childhood in the 1870s... Grand Detour was one of those lost worlds, one of those Edens that you get tossed out of."[2] Stan Hack (Chicago Cubs manager and player) had a restaurant in town.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Welles, Orson; Bogdanovich, Peter (1992). This is Orson Welles. HarperCollins. p. 92. ISBN 0-06-016616-9. 

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