Explore the Historic City on the Bay
Twenty significant sites and the compelling stories surrounding Quincy’s prominent role in history as a place of refuge & a gateway city for freedom seekers.
Location, compassion and determination.
For the pioneer city founded in 1825, those three characterizations formed the trilogy that made Quincy a gateway city for sojourners in crisis.
Situated at the western-most point of Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River, Quincy was founded by John Wood, who regularly demonstrated humanitarian ideals of equality and compassion. Wood was not alone in his quest to build a strong and welcoming city. The community at large opened its gates to those in need, implementing action and generous care to many and diverse groups.
The Gateway City Guide explores Quincy’s role as a city of compassion during its first three decades.