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Freeport

county baker seat ‘tutty’

42º17N 89º36W, pop (2000e) 26 400. County seat of Stephenson Co, NW Illinois, USA; located on the R Pecatonica, 45 km/28 mi W of Rockford; settled (1827) by Germans from Pennsylvania and originally named Winneshiek; William ‘Tutty’ Baker built a trading post here and is credited as the founder of the town; it was renamed Freeport in recognition of the free ferry service he operated across the river; became county seat, 1838; birthplace of Arthur Fisher Bentley, Clark M Eichelberger, Charles Julius Guiteau; railway; Lincoln–Douglas statue (1903); arts centre; ‘Tutty’ Baker Festival (Aug).

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