Uniroyal Gal: Vanna Whitewall, in Peoria, Illinois. She held a tire at one time. The 17-ft. tall statue along Washington Avenue, known as Vanna Whitewall, is that rarest of creatures. Only a few of these 1960s era commercial "spectaculars" still exist, and almost all have been conservatively attired. The Peoria girl, here since 1968, went from bikini to modesty mini-skirt and then back to bikini. Located at Plaza Tire, 1800 SW Washington St., south of downtown, near the Cedar St. Bridge.

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Spirit of Peoria paddleboat on the riverfront in Peoria, Illinois. Right across the river from East Peoria

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Grader 28dec2009 hdr Photo Taken by Jay Babin East Peoria, Illinois

Enjoy a festive stopover this season in Peoria, Illinois. Details: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/illinois/peoria/festive-stopover-peoria-illinois/

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