WELCOME TO HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS! We will meet up at their historic Plaza Square. Get set to enjoy their beautiful tree-lined streets. Highland is one of the oldest Swiss settlements in the United States. It was founded in 1831 by Swiss pioneers from Sursee, Switzerland and has shared the title of “Sister City” with Sursee since 1976. Highland’s historic district is where the walk starts and ends with the city’s landmark fountain and Plaza Square Park. The landmark Lory Theatre is also part of the historic district. Highland is the birthplace of Pet Milk and Schott Brewery. Other areas of interest include the Wicks Organ Company, founded in the early 1900’s. Its first successful organ, the Opus One, was contracted by St. Paul R.C. Church in 1906 and from there continued throughout the early 20th century to invent their patented “Direct Electric” valve. Walkers will walk a new route.