Benton, Illinois: Marker: First Beatle in America

Unveiled 50 years after the fact, a historical marker points out that George Harrison was the first Beatle in America when he visited with his sister Louise for two weeks, in Benton, in September 1963. The other Beatles didn't arrive in America until they were famous, four months later.

Address:
Public Square, Benton, IL
Directions:
The marker stands in front of the Billy Grammer Band Shelter on the extreme southeast corner of Benton's courthouse square, east of S. Main St. and south of E. Main St.
Admission:
Free
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Marker: First Beatle in America

Somewhat difficult to locate as we were searching around the darling gazebo for the marker and then in the parking area of the antiques mall. It would be more precise to say that the marker is next to the Billy Grammer Band Shelter, which is really not quite a gazebo. However, I do suggest looking at the gazebo area too, as there is a delightful garden in its courtyard.

[KC, 10/14/2022]

First Beatle historical marker.

Marker: First Beatle in America

The "first Beatle" sign is by the band stage, right off the town square.

[Ashley, 07/18/2016]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Franklin County Garage MuseumFranklin County Garage Museum, Benton, IL - < 1 mi.
Charlie Birger Gallows and George Harrison ArtifactsCharlie Birger Gallows and George Harrison Artifacts, Benton, IL - < 1 mi.
Giant George Harrison Cut-OutGiant George Harrison Cut-Out, Benton, IL - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Statue of Bluto, Chester, IL - 49 mi.

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