Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Interesting Illinois High School Names-- Part 1: Freeport Pretzels

At one time, Freeport was swimming in pretzels, thanks to Billerbeck Bakers, established in 1869. Today, there is an annual Pretzel Festival held the last weekend in June. //// Another source said that an 1895 Daily Democrat article referred to Freeport as Pretzel City because of the many German bakeries in the city. The Billerbeck Bakery, established in 1881 really produced a whole lot of pretzels. //// And, you can buy pretzels at the welcome center east of town on US-20. //// --RoadDog

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