Grand Detour, Illinois
Restored church in Grand Detour, Illinois
|Elevation||656 ft (200 m)|
|Area||1.194 sq mi (3 km2)|
|- land||1.170 sq mi (3 km2)|
|- water||0.024 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||359 / sq mi (139 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|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. The village is named after an odd turn in the Rock River, which flows north past the village, rather than its normal southwestern course.
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. 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." Stan Hack (Chicago Cubs manager and player) had a restaurant in town.
- John Deere House and Shop
- (campingislands.com campground)
- "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
- Welles, Orson; Bogdanovich, Peter (1992). This is Orson Welles. HarperCollins. p. 92. ISBN 0-06-016616-9.