Beecher, Illinois

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Beecher is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. It is located on the old Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad and the Dixie Highway. Situated in the center of Washington Township, it was originally named Washington Center. The population was 3,739 at the 2010 census. Named for Henry Ward Beecher, Beecher was founded in 1870 and incorporated as a village in 1884. Originally governed by a village president and board of trustees, in 1988 a village administrator was hired to handle daily tasks. The city clerk is an appointed position.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 kmĀ²), all of it land. The majority of the village is in Section 16 of Washington Township.

A branch of Trim Creek runs through it but this carries very little water most of the year.

Beecher is located in the center of a primarily agricultural township. Beecher Consolidated School District provides educational services for Washington Township and 12 square miles (31 km2) of the neighboring, entirely rural, Will Township.

The soil around Beecher is well suited for growing crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. Generally, as you go southwest of the village the soil gets more fertile and as you go northeast it becomes less ideal for agricultural purposes.

The nearest towns are Crete, Illinois, 7 miles (11 km) north; Grant Park, Illinois, 7 miles (11 km) south; Peotone, Illinois, 9 miles (14 km) west and Cedar Lake, Indiana, 10 miles (16 km) east.


Businesses

In recent years Route 1, commonly referred to as Dixie Highway by locals, has attracted many new establishments. Many businesses that have been in Beecher for decades have also moved to Dixie Highway. Walts grocery store chain recently purchased Knuth's Country Market, a grocery store that had been owned and operated by the same family in Beecher since the 1920s. Along with Walts, many other businesses are found along Route 1 including First Community Bank and Trust, DeYoung Implement Co., Buddy's Drive In, Curves, Reising Chevrolet, Doc's Drugs, Cardinal Creek golf course, the Princess Cafe, McDonalds, Sanders Services (Mobil 1 Lube Express), Bahlman Tire, Becker's Automotive, Napa Auto Parts, Tubby's Wine and Spirits, Flowers and Stones, Strikers Bowling Alley, Beecher Chiropractic Center, Subway, Tony's Pizza, Aurelio's, King's Wok, La Hacienda, Burrito Jerez, Maxwells, Beecher Funeral Home, a nursing home, two dentists, two gas stations, and several others. Recently, the gun shop has moved its location of business to Crete, IL. Striker's Bowling Alley, Buddy's Drive In, and Cardinal Creek are currently back in operation.

The Princess Cafe has been visited by several big-names in society, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and Tom Hanks.

Many other businesses are still operating successfully in other areas of the town of Beecher. On Indiana Ave., another main route through the village, you can find the Beecher Heritage FS grain elevator, Dee's Hallmark Gold Crown, Silver Screen Video, and a gun shop, along with several other businesses. The old downtown is home to a dry cleaners, a pizza place, a couple small cafes, the Post Office, a nursery, a storage company, and several bars. Hack Funeral Home occupies a large house on Hodges Street.

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