Counties in Illinois
Illinois is home to and most of them were named after the prominent leaders of the United States,
particularly those who participated in the American Revolutionary War and the soldiers from the War of 1812 and the Battle of Tippecanoe. Besides, one will also find several counties that got their names from either natural features or from counties of other states. The Douglas County was named after Stephen A. Douglas while the Calhoun County got its name from John C. Calhoun. There are handful of counties that got their names from Southerners, emphasizing the fact that the state was a part of Virginia for some time and was inhabited by this tribe. However, there aren’t any counties named post the Northern leaders of the Civil War.
Some of the counties of Illinois are cited below:
Calhoun County: This narrow peninsula is located between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The county got its name from John C. Calhoun and was organized in the year 1825. The county carves a niche for its apples and peaches and its county seat lies in Hardin. The adjacent counties are Jersey County, Lincoln County (Missouri), Pike County (Illinois), St. Charles County (Missouri), Greene County, and Pike County (Missouri).
The major attractions of this county are: Calhoun County Barn Quilts, Joe Page Bridge, Brussels Visitors Center, Brussels Ferry, and Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge.
For education, one can count on options like Calhoun City High School, Calhoun City Middle, Calhoun City Elementary, Bruce High School, Bruce Elementary and Upper Elementary School, Vardaman High School, and Vardaman Elementary.
Adams County: The County is located in west central region of Illinois and the major population resides in the Quincy city. The county was formed in 1825 and was named after John Quincy Adams. The “Gem City” of Illinois – Quincy is its county seat. In 1950, the courthouse was introduced, but then a wide-ranging project was accomplished by 1997.
On a trip to the Adams County, some of the must see attractions, include Adams County Fair,, Bayview Bridge, Burton Cave, Fall Creek Scenic Park, Golden Windmill, John Wood Mansion, Saukenauk Scout Reservation, Siloam Springs State Park, Spirit Knob Winery, Villa Katharine, Wavering Park, Quincy Community Theater, etc.
Boone County: The county was formed from Winnebago County in the year 1837 and got its name from Daniel Boone, a pioneer of Kentucky. Belvidere city is its county seat. The county is bordered by Rock County on the north, DeKalb County on the south, McHenry County on the east, and Winnebago County on the west. This is the smallest among the "northern tier" of counties and is stretched across an approximate area of 290 square miles.
The major attractions of this county are Boone County Conservation District/Pioneer Cabins, Boone County Fairgrounds, Boone County Historical Museum, and Boone County Community Building Complex.
The county is home to two school districts and both are noted for their public education facilities. The Belvidere Community School District houses over 8,400 students. Besides, the district also includes seven elementary schools, two senior high schools, two middle schools and one special education school. On the other hand, the North Boone Community School District serves the areas of Capron, Caledonia, Poplar Grove, and non-integrated Boone County. It is home to nearly 1,800 students and there are one middle school, one upper elementary, and three elementary schools in this district.
Douglas County: This County lies east of the state’s central location and is stretched across an approximate area of 410 square miles. Tuscola city is its county seat. The county was organized in the year 1859 and got its name from Stephen A. Douglas. The adjacent counties are Champaign County, Vermilion County, Edgar County, Coles County, Moultrie County, and Piatt County.
Some of the attractions that are worth visiting on tour to Douglas County are Douglas Hart Nature Center and the Douglas County Museum.
For higher education, the county offers a wealth of options like Arcola High School, Arcola; Arthur Junior-Senior High School, Arthur; Tuscola High School, Tuscola; and Villa Grove High School, Villa Grove.
Last Updated on : July 13, 2015
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