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Grand View Drive, Peoria

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Grandview Drive is a two and a half mile scenic road with adjacent park areas through Peoria and Peoria Heights, Illinois. Major portions of the road give a view of the Illinois River and its valley as well as clear views of some of the most prestigious and historic homes in the area. Houses along Grandview Drive are among the best known in the city; the residential area on the west of Grandview Drive, opposite the river, was added to the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district in 1996. A large amount of land on the valley side of Grandview Drive is owned by the Peoria Park District and is undeveloped except for park benches. The district's legal name, "Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria", is a reflection of Grandview Drive's original prominence in the Peoria park system. Of particular note, the drive is said to have been one of the first "linear parks" of its time.
President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have proclaimed it the "World's Most Beautiful Drive" during a 1910 visit. Grandview Drive was the original location of WMBD ; although the WMBD callsign was assigned in FCC sequence, the callsign is associated with Roosevelt's comment.
Grandview drive stretches from Prospect Road to Illinois Route 29, and is a winding road with several sight-seeing areas. Along the road is the Peoria Country Club, which includes a golf course and tennis courts. There is also a large park, known as Grandview Park.
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  • Beautiful drive with great views, several pinic spots for lunch or coffee and just admire the location. The street is lined with historic manisons and several people just walk the drive and make a...  more »
  • This is all about the view! The road runs along the bluff of the river, providing a grand view of the river and the bluff across it. In the fall, when the trees turn, the colors are often dramatic...  more »

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