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Grand Tower

Grand Tower is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 624 at the 2000 census. The town gets its name from Tower Rock, a landmark island in the Mississippi River.GeographyGrand Tower is located at .According to the 2010 census, Grand Tower has a total area of 1.253sqmi, of which 1.25sqmi is land and 0.003sqmi is water.Immediately to the south of the city is a small portion of Perry County, Missouri, which is known as "Grand Tower Island". The island's sole road connection terminates in Grand Tower. The Grand Tower Pipeline Bridge connects a natural gas pipeline across the Mississippi River between Wittenberg, Missouri and Grand Tower.EconomyThe Grand Tower Energy Center is a 478 megawatt combined cycle gas fired facility which produces power for the region. It is owned by Ameren Energy Generating Company, or Genco.HistoryFormer names of this town include La Tour, Jenkins Landing, Cochran's Woodyard Landing, and Evans' Landing.The earliest inhabitants were a band of river pirates, who settled here after, being driven off of Spanish soil, west of the Mississippi River, near the pirate ambush spot of Tower Rock. This outlaw settlement was destroyed by the United States Army dragoons in 1803. A subsequent settler was a man named Walker who is the namesake of Walker Hill. Severe flooding struck the town in 1947.
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