"Peoria - A Town of Firsts for me" Top 5 Page for this destination Peoria by riorich55

Peoria Travel Guide: 99 reviews and 192 photos

A Diamond in the Sky

A unique description I heard about Peoria last week at a funeral for one of my wife's uncles. After WW II "Uncle Ralph" was returning home to Peoria after 4 long years away from home fighting for George Patton. As he was rounding the bend on the bluff road leading into town and caught a glimpse of his hometown these were his first thoughts about Peoria. Almost 25 years later as I was coming to visit the college campus that was to be my home for the next 4 years there in the valley across the Illinois River was my first glimpse of Peoria. I was sold on the city at first glance.

My First Apartment

After 4 years of living on campus as a Resident Advisor at Bradley University, I took my first job in Peoria selling computers and moved into my first apartment which was on the 2nd floor of this architectural gem on Moss Avenue only a few blocks from campus. It even came with a working fireplace.

My First Home

My wife, who graduated from Bradley a year after I did, and I bought our first home a year after we got married in the north edge of town near Expo Gardens. The house came with a pool and a built in bar in the den. Wow!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Met my wife at Bradley University, State Basketball Tournament
  • Cons:Too Many Check to Cash Stores
  • In a nutshell:A Lot of Memories
  • Last visit to Peoria: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 27, 2011
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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    feels great visiting another member from Illinois, where i lived in the 80s. nice tips on your college days :-) i liked them all.

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    You romantic old thing, Rich!!!!! Great stuff. Bet you didn't think back then on your first date that you would one day hang your feet over a balcony in Lauterbrunnen with her! Kate

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    It has been a long time since I visited here. The restaurants sound interesting. Good presentation

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 7:07 AM

    I think I want to eat at Jimbo Jumbo! Hehehe...I had my first VT Meet last night also in Peoria -- but here in Arizona! We had fun, Norman :) === also, they probably got that gargoyle from Notre Dame! lol

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Glad to see smaller cities in the Midwest getting some coverage on VT! Welcome aboard.

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Hi Rich, Nice page on Peoria. Was there one day in 1991 -- and strolled part of the Bradley campus. Seems like a nice town. Best regards from New Jersey, Bill

riorich55 Used To Live Here!


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