Arcola, Illinois: Birthplace of the Creator of Raggedy Ann

A tombstone-like monument honors artist and writer Johnny Gruelle, who created the characters Raggedy Ann and Andy over 100 years ago.
Address:
N. Oak St., Arcola, IL
Directions:
Downtown, east of the train tracks. On the west side of N. Oak St., just north of its intersection with E. Main St.
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Johnny Gruelle Birthplace Monument

A monument, reminiscent of a headstone, commemorates the birthplace of artist and writer Johnny Gruelle, who created the characters Raggedy Ann and Andy.

[Melissa, 07/29/2018]

The mop-headed dolls were hugely popular in Gruelle's lifetime, but he died in 1938, and Arcola closed its Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in 2009. The monument was unveiled in 2016.

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