Du Quoin (Ill.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Du Quoin is a city in Perry County, Illinois and was named after Chief Jean Baptiste Ducoigne of the Kaskaskia, an Illiniwek people, who were defeated by the Shawnee in 1802. Du Quoin was officially settled in 1853 by Isaac S. Metcalf, a civil engineer from Maine, and Chester A. Keyes of Old Du Quoin. The town was officially dedicated on September 20, 1853, and the first lot was sold to Bargella Silkwood on September 24, 1853.
Du Quoin is the birthplace of former MLB pitcher Don Stanhouse. It was also a place Rudolph Luther, aka Minnesota Fats, played pool, as he lived in Dowell, a nearby town.
Du Quoin is the former home of the Hambletonian (from 1957 to 1980), and is the current home of the World Trotting Derby, two of the world's largest harness races.