Question: Of all the classic tales of how towns in Central Illinois got their names, what is the alleged way Forrest, the Livingston County town of 1,225, got its name?

Answer: Legend has it a sign along a trail that eventually became U.S. 24 once announced to travelers, "For Rest," and eventually, the space between the words accidentally got eliminated. (A more “official” version of how Forrest got its name comes from a claim that the town first was called “Forestville” and eventually got shortened to Forrest. Where the extra R came from remains a mystery.)

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