Nestled into a scenic valley & over-looking the Spoon River, the town of Dahinda surely is the reason there is such a "scenic drive" in west-central Illinois! The town of only 60-80 residents was long ago a staple of Knox County's Scenic Drive and continues to offer the scenery & history associated with small town American.
SHOP DURING SCENIC DRIVE!!
Dahinda General Store & Bakery
1457 Knox Highway 15, Dahinda, IL
Built & operated in 1916 as 1 of 3 general stores in Dahinda, the owners have renovated & brought it back to life in 2018 with help from local vendors. Currently, the store features 18 additional vendors who make up the store's motto, "Locally grown, locally produced, & locally crafted." Additionally, the General Store offers a farmer's market on Saturday mornings & will be bringing in several local vendors for bigger displays & time to meet customers during Scenic Drive. The store sits next to the scenic river & iron railroad bridge, with a nice central park & playground across the street, & adequate parking in the grass fields next door. Bring your appetite, especially your sweet tooth!
First settled as a railroad stopover in 1888, the former Indian village grew quickly & offered many different types of businesses for its residents & local farmers. It featured a train depot, hotel, several store buildings, stockyards, a saw mill, a large schoolhouse, several churches, & several more businesses. Some of the original buildings remain, including the general store building, one of the last iron railroad bridges in Illinois, the Methodist church building, & several of the old original barns & homesteads. Additionally, still visible are the smokestacks from the Sinclair pumping station, which was constructed along with the railroad in the town's early days of existence.
Dahinda Methodist Church
The local Methodist Church dates back to 1904 when it was erected by several local Dahinda men. It served for many years as a Methodist Episcopal Church (until the merger with the United Brethren Church, giving it the title "United Methodist"). The 100+ year old building still appears as it once did with much of the original woodwork within the sanctuary. A large fellowship hall was added in 2000 that allows for social gatherings. Dahinda's lone church now serves a large territory & offers several whole-community events through the year, including an annual farm & consignment auction (March) that continues now for well over 50 years & also "Dahinda FrogFest," a celebration of Dahinda's link to frogs (local lore states that Dahinda meant "bullfrog" in the local Indian language) & a desire to remind folks to Fully Rely On God.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 8am- 4pm
Wednesday: 8am- 4pm
Thursday: 8am- 4pm
Friday: 8am- 4pm
Saturday: 8am- 4pm
Sunday: 11am- 4pm
*earlier hours may be offered on Sundays during Scenic Drive
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