14 miles northeast of Ottawa on Illinois Route 71 along the Fox River in LaSalle County is the little town of Norway, site of the first permanent Norwegian settlement in the United States in 1834. These immigrants were led by Cleng Peerson, and most established farms in the vicinity of what is now Norway. Just south of town is a memorial to these settlers and a cemetery, including a plaque donated by King Olav V of Norway.
Also south of Norway at the corner of IL Rt. 71 and East 25th Road is the Norwegian Implement Company's Memorial to the "Agricultural Crash" of the 1980's.
To view more on LaSalle County, click here.