The Illiopolis Business Association wishes to thank Gene for his contribution.
Illiopolis supposedly meant City of Illinois when someone in the early days tried to have the state capital moved to this spot on the prairie because it is the geographical center.
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Archaelogical evidence confirms yeast (both as leavening agent and for brewing ale) was used in Egypt as early as 4000 B. Food historians generally cite this date for the discovery of leavened bread and genesis of the brewing industry.
There is no question that fermentation takes place accidentally (as it must have done countless times before humans learned something about controlling the process), and most investigators believe that barley was first cultivated in the Fertile Crescent region of lower Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Grain is heavy to transport relative to the beer made from it, so it is not surprising that there may be evidence of ale in these outposts and not unreasonable to suspect that accidental fermentation did occur at some point in the ancient Mesopotamian region, leading to beer making." ---Cambridge World History of Food, Kenneth F.
The following history was written by local resident and retired school teacher Gene Hall in 1984.
"Either you do the work or you get the credit" Yakov Zel'dovich - Russian Astrophysicist Fortunately it is not always true.
Over at Indianapolis, Indiana, someone had a similar idea and it worked out, but here it did not.
The only things that remain of the original scheme are the name and the exact center point of the state, which is said to be about a mile south of town near the westbound exit from Interstate 72.
Background We think of a battery today as a source of portable power, but it is no exaggeration to say that the battery is one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind.
Volta's pile was at first a technical curiosity but this new electrochemical phenomenon very quickly opened the door to new branches of both physics and chemistry and a myriad of discoveries, inventions and applications.