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The Tampico Area Historical Society encompasses parts of Whiteside County and Bureau County in Illinois. Focus is on Tampico, Hume Twp., Hahnaman/Deer Grove, & Prophetstown in Whiteside County & Yorktown & Thomas in Bureau County.
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May 06, 2009
9:30 PM
Could somebody please tell me some meaning of the word Tampico. I´m from another city named Tampico but, Tamaulipas,México in the northeast of México where the people in our city all we have learned that Tampico means "place of dogs", I´d like to have any answer soon.By the way, the meaning I know is given in "huasteco" language
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May 06, 2009
9:33 PM
I hope to have an answer for my doubt. Thanks
695 posts
May 07, 2009
3:22 PM
Hello Bysho,
There was quite a long thread on this very topic way back in 2004. See: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/board/board_topic/23882/58994.htm

It is my understanding that the name (in "huasteco") means "water dog." Tampico, at one time, was largely underwater or swamp land before they dug the ditches. It most likely refers to the little critters that scurried about the land at that time - i.e.,: beaver or something like that. Try to check out the link I gave you to follow that message thread.

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Tampico Area Historical Society
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Aug 30, 2009
6:02 PM
i am wondeing about a bowling alley.is there an old bowling alley in tampico?could sum1 plz help me thanx.
443 posts
Sep 02, 2009
9:20 AM
If you do a site search for "bowling," you will find some articles on the bowling allies in Tampico. Here are some of them:
11/26/01 6:33pm
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From the Tampico Tornado newspaper:
December 11, 1903
New Bedford
Oscar SWAN has his bowling alley completed.

Oscar SWAN had a grand opening of his bowling alley last Friday evening. The proceeds of the first night's playing was donated to Rev. HAMRICK of the F.M. church.

November 27, 1903
Wayne ALDRICH is the new manager of the bowling alley. He succeeded Bert AUSTIN who has accepted a position in a clothing store in Princeton.

November 27, 1903
The big fourteen-pound turkey offered by the bowling alley to the person making the highest score, was won by Harry AUMENT with a score of 193. The next highest score was 179.

August 8, 1903
The cement foundations for the bowling alley in the basement of SIPPLE's building were laid this week and the basement has been plastered. The alley's will be ready in a month or less.

March 15, 1907
The bowling ally has been reopened by Fred SQUIRES after being closed for a couple years. Most of Tampico's crack bowlers have lost their ability to make the pins go down because of the lack of practice.

(The above articles are from our Tampico Tornado newspaper and transcribed by Les Niemi)

There was also one in Thomas, IL as remembered by Bob Johnson's article I Remeber Thomas, IL

Last Edited by on Sep 02, 2009 9:28 AM

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