Originally named Walnut Grove in 1837, the Village of Walnut, population 1500, is still graced with many walnut trees. The friendly community is located along Route 92 of the Trail.
Three young Walnut men, Elvin “Pud” Fordham, Eddie Wilson, and Jeff Livey attended Eureka College and became friends with the Reagan brothers. The three Walnut youths shared ownership of an old faded gray Buick purchased for $10. The Buick would hold 10-11 students including Ronald and Neil Reagan on trips from Eureka to see sporting events at Peoria, Bloomington and Normal.