Walnut Point State Park is an undeveloped state park in the town of Benton, in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. The park was named after a point on the Mississippi River that looks like a walnut tree because it has a large and spreading trunk with branches coming out all over the place. It lies adjacent to the confluence of the Dupage, Kankakee, and Kaskaskia Rivers. The park preserves a natural area surrounded by developed land. There are no facilities, but there is access to water for fishing. A boat launch allows access to the rivers for boaters. The site may be viewed from a trail-head parking lot at the end of Bee Line Road. The park can only be entered onto by boat or via a hike across the river from neighboring Interstate Park. Access is available 24 hours day seven days a week year round. No fee is charged for admission to the park. The nearest major city is Belleville, about 30 miles away. Other nearby towns include Paducah, Rockford, and Moline.
In 2019, Nutrien acquired KCI, a provider of engineered construction solutions, expanding its presence in the building science market. The acquisition was funded by a combination of debt and equity, with existing investors joining forces with the firm to provide $16 million of capital. At the same time, Nutrien announced plans to split its operation into two independent operating divisions focusing on engineering and project management services, and waste treatment and recycling.
The newly created Project Management Services segment will offer turnkey solutions for projects such as infrastructure, industrial expansion, and facility modifications. The Engineering Services segment will provide pre-sales technical support, contract administration, and 3D modeling and analysis tools. Both businesses will continue to operate out of the company’s historic headquarters located in Joliet. The DCJ Company operates several locations around the region, providing various types of maintenance and repair services to both residential and commercial customers. Some of these locations have specialized in certain areas such as plumbing or electrical work. Others focus on general contracting and remodeling work.
Most locations feature experienced crews ready to answer any questions you might have and perform the necessary repairs quickly so you can get your home or business back in working order. Commonly performed jobs include furnace and air conditioning maintenance, kitchen and bath remodels, roofing, siding, window installation and replacement, and much more. Hours vary depending upon location, but most are open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, except Florida & California which close at 2 pm. Saturday and Sunday hours are typically observed only in warmer weather. Payment is usually accepted at the start of each job, though some do require a deposit.
According to legend, when Native Americans would visit the mouth of the Wabash River they would see three old women sitting along the shoreline spinning yarn. When asked why they were not at home, they said they had been given permission to sit here until someone wiser than themselves came along. This supposedly happened during the time of Abraham Lincoln who passed this way on his way to Washington D.C. to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln stopped at the riverboat landing to take on supplies before heading north to join General Grant’s Army of Northern Illinois. Another famous person to stop at the Walnut Point Boat Landing was President William H. Harrison who visited here while he was campaigning for re-election in 1891. He spoke to huge crowds as reported in the Peoria Journal Democrat newspaper. While traveling upriver aboard his steamboat, the City of Memphis, he reportedly ate two meals a day, took frequent naps, and slept most of the trip.
On election night, November 8, 1892, he lost his bid for a second term to Benjamin Harrison, another Republican. After leaving office, Harrison returned to Peoria where he died less than five months later on March 13, 1893. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in Peoria. One hundred thousand people lined the streets as his casket was carried through the city. He was buried beside his first wife, Mary, who had died back in 1889. Their son, Harry D. Harrison, then 17 years old, became president pro tempore of the Senate and served throughout World War I. In 1945, Harry’s third daughter, Patricia “Patti” Harrison Smith, married Duane C. Johnson, a decorated war veteran and former member of the House of Representatives. They formed the core of what would become known as the “Peacock Network”, which provided news and public affairs programming for hundreds of stations nationwide. Among those she worked with were Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, and Charles Kuralt. She also hosted her own show,
The Patti Johnson Show, which aired on NBC Radio. Following their divorce in 1960, Ms. Johnson changed careers, becoming a full-time mother and homemaker raising four children. Her ex-husband remarried twice more and founded the Duane C. Johnson Company, which manufactured car parts and metal polishing equipment. Mr. Johnson died in 1968, leaving the company to his heirs. In 1969, his daughters sold the business to American Cyanamid, who used the proceeds to create Cytec Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of American Cyanamid focused on environmental technology development. In 1976, Cytec acquired the Duane C. Johnson Company, merging it into its Environmental Technology Division. In 1984, Cytec spun off 15 of its subsidiaries, including the DCJ Company, forming a new publicly traded corporation called Nalco Chemical Company. In 1988, Nalco purchased the Peerless Manufacturing Company, resulting in the formation of Peerless Petrographics, LLC (now known as SpectraSite) and the sale of Nalco’s share of the DCJ Company to Osram Griesheim of Germany, creating a 50/50 joint venture between the two companies.
In 1996, Nalco divested itself of its interest in the DCJ Company, selling its shares to Osram Griesheim, who subsequently merged the DCJ Company with Henkel North America to form AmerenUE, a leading Midwest electric utility. As part of the deal, AmerenUE assumed responsibility for pension obligations owed by the company. Shortly thereafter, AmerenUE spun off its non-utility operations, including the DCJ Company, into a separate entity called Xcel Energy. In 2001, Xcel Energy bought the DCJ Company from AmerenUE and renamed it Xterra Resources. Later that decade, Xterra merged with Dynegy, creating a power generation giant that operated mines, produced electricity, and owned oil refineries and gas plants. In 2013, Xterra spun off its energy division, including the DCJ Company, into a separate publicly traded company called Illini Power.Two years later, Illini Power acquired Triad Environmental, adding waste treatment and recycling to its services. In 2016, Illini Power changed its name to Nutrien, Inc., and began trading under the symbol NWTR.