Based on the photo above, can you guess the name and relative location of the Illinois town making the offer of free land?

Here's a hint. The city is at the center of the region's bald eagle watching area and proudly calls itself "The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle."

Over twenty eagles perched in a tree over the Illinois River.
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Another Hint: On The City's Website, They Call Themselves A Real American River Town

This town is a real river town, as it can be found at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and its history can be traced back to 1812, before it had a name at all.

Okay, here's the final clue as to the name of our mystery Illinois town offering free land to those who would move there (I hope it's not too difficult):

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If You Guessed Grafton, Thanks, Because I've Run Out Of Clues

The scenic Illinois river city of Grafton is offering a land rebate program for newbies to the area, according to a piece at WCIA.com:

The city owns land lots in the Grafton Hills neighborhood that are on sale for $5,000 each. When someone purchases a lot, they have three years to build a house on the property. Once the house is completed, the city will reimburse the homeowner’s cost of the land, according to Mayor Mike Morrow.

“It’s a great deal,” he said.

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Grafton Has Had Major Flooding Problems In The Past, But The Land Offer Has That Covered

In the Great Flood of 1993, over 600 homes in Grafton were destroyed, and about a third of Grafton's residents moved elsewhere. Then in 2019, Grafton (among other towns along the rivers) was deluged by flooding once again.

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If you've been inspired to look into a move to Grafton to take advantage of the free land/land rebate, you won't have to worry about your home being flooded. That's because all of the land being offered is land sitting up on the nearby bluffs, well away from potential water damage (click here for more information).

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