Savanna, Illinois

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Savanna is a city in Carroll County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,542 at the 2000 census. As of 2009 census estimates, the population had decreased to 3,188.[1]

Savanna is located along the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Plum River. Going from north to south, the second automobile bridge between Iowa and Illinois is located just north of Savanna, and is part of the U.S. Highway 52 route. The bridge leads to Sabula, Iowa, which is across the river from Savanna. U.S. Highway 52 goes through Savanna.

Savanna has produced several notable natives. These include "America's Waltz King" Wayne King[2], professional wrestler Tommy Treichel[3], Billy Zoom (Tyson Kindell)[4] founding member and original guitarist of the punk band X[5], and former NASA astronaut Dale Gardner[6].

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Savanna Army Depot

In 1917, the United States Army purchased 13,062 acres (53 km2) of land about seven miles (11 km) north of Savanna to construct the Savanna Army Depot. Originally the land was to be used as a test range for munitions produced at the Rock Island, Illinois Arsenal. In 1921, the mission of the installation was changed to be a depot.[7]

By 1995, the Savanna Army Depot was identified by Congress as one of the bases that would be closed under the Base Realignment and Closure Act. On March 18, 2000, the Savanna Army Depot was closed.[8]

The Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) was established in 1997 by an intergovernmental agreement between the Illinois counties of Jo Daviess and Carroll to redevelop the former Savanna Army Depot.[9]

Geography

Savanna is located at 42°5′24″N 90°8′24″W / 42.09°N 90.14°W / 42.09; -90.14 (42.090069, -90.140050)[10].

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