As I was working the other day building a site, I looked at some competing sites and was a little disheartened because of the many pages of content I found on one in particular. That was until I decided to do a search to find if it was original or not. Ha! I copied an entire sentance from the text, put it in quotes and asked google to search for that "exact" set of words in that exact order.
These words : "The Illinois Central Stone Arch Railroad Bridges are a trio of limestone railroad bridges"
From this site : http://www.discoverdixon.org/history-heritage/58-dixon-s-railroad-street-arches/view-details.html
Yeilded this Google result (click the link to try it yourself) http://www.google.com/search?q="The+Illinois+Central+Stone+Arch+Railroad+Bridges+are+a+trio+of+limestone+railroad+bridges"
638 results the day I ran the search. Anyway they say content is king, but I say that original content is the trump card.
It seems Google thinks so too. And well it should be since their value is in the quality of the search results.