A Utopia on the prairie
A dream that is now some 170 years old can be an illusive thing to track down much less to fully understand. There was this dream of creating a Utopian community in early Illinois, only 25 years after we had become a state. Americans have a long history of experiments with trying to devise better communities through intentional planning. The central focus or motivation for such experiments usually centered on improving social welfare, economic, philosophical or religious themes. Such a proposal was utilized in an attempt to establish a Utopian social community near LaMoille, Illinois.