Civil and Municipal - Mar 2023

108 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 USED T here are very few communities that offer an old-world charm, and tight-knit community appeal while still offering a host of modern amenities. Highland, Illinois, is one of the few towns that can boast both of these desirable ingredients for its fortunate residents. One of the oldest Swiss settlements in the United States, Highland was founded in 1831 by Swiss pioneers from Sursee, Switzerland, and has shared the title of “Sister City” with Sursee since 1976. Today the city is home to a population of nearly 10,000 as well as thousands more visitors exploring its charms every year. A progressive community, Highland also honors its historical roots with several celebrations and festivals that recall the Swiss and German heritage.