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Hub City

by Mathew D. Rhys

"I shall build a mighty city here, the hub of a mighty empire!" These were the first words spoken in Hub City, and the last notable words of Hub's founder Gaston Humpert. Humpert had sevred as an officer under the pirate Jean LaFitte. In 1817, Lafitte founded the settlement that would come to be Galveston, Texas. Following this, Humpert and his men followed the Mississippi River north, and the following year followed LaFitte's example and founded Hub City in southwest Illinois. Shortly after the impromptu christening of the new settlement, Humpert was mutinized and killed.

Illinois attained Statehood in December that year, but Hub City remained unincorporated until 1886. After a scandal involving the murder of the winning candidate, Rance Dinsmore served as the first mayor. Sadly, this type of corruption has seemed the rule for most of the city's histroy. Present Mayor Myra Conelly has made marked efforts to change both the reputation and the pratice of Hub City's government. Significant among these are numerous urban renewal projects which are reshaping the more run-down areas of town.

The primary industries in Hub City revolve around manufacturing: refined petroleum; processed food; and glass, steel, and aluminum products. The majority of the work force is geared toward these business, but Hub City does have much to offer the tourist.

The Hub City Art Museum has for ten years played host to the "Unconquered" exhibit, which has garnered much critical acclaim. Also the first, and argueably most successful, of Mayor Conelly's renewal projects, the City Park, has become a favorite of both tourists and the citizenry.

In terms of dining establishments I would suggest Cowan's, The Maison, and the Spot Bar & Grill, the latter a favorite eatery of many of Hub City's Finest. If your looking for something more formal, try Mallory's Steak House just outside of town. Also, many social gatherings and parties are held at the fashionable Waterfront Apartment Building.

If you fly in, you'll really enjoy the courtesy of Hub-based Palomar Air. The most reliable way to get around Hub City is the Ketchly Transportation Company. They supply both taxis and limousines.

Although Hub City is not famous for it's hospitality, it is a "late blooming" city. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and the low number of other tourists might make Hub City just what you are looking for your next vacation.

With thanks to Comic Historian John Wells and Eric Newsom( and

The highly odd Mathew D Rhys is an obsessive storyteller and family man whose wife graciously allows him to prattle aimlessly, and gives him no end of joy in life. He hopes to one day write comics his son can read. You can read his original character fiction at

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