History of all 16 Counties: #12 Morgan County

MORGAN COUNTY POPULATION: 35,547 INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Revolutionary war figure Daniel Morgan.  Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln often served as lawyers in Morgan County. Two of the oldest colleges in the midwest,  Illinois College founded in 1829  and MacMurray College founded in 1846, are located here. The first president of IL College was Edward …

History of all 16 counties: #10 McDonough County

McDONOUGH COUNTY POPULATION: 32,612 INTERESTING FACTS: Originally named after War 1812 hero Thomas Mcdonough. Land was originally set aside for veterans of the war of 1812.  The county is actually a perfect square with the courthouse in its center. MAJOR CITIES: Macomb: Population - 21,516. Named for General Alexander Macomb from the war of 1812. …

History of all 16 Counties: #9 Knox County

KNOX COUNTY POPULATION: 52,919 INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Henry Knox the 1st Secretary of War.  Hosts the Knox County drive, similar to the Spoon River Scenic Drive.   MAJOR CITIES: Galesburg: Population 32195. Home to Knox College and community college Carl Sandburg. Founded by Presbyterian minister George Washington Gale. Home to the 1st anti-slave society …

History of all 16 Counties: #8 Henderson County

HENDERSON COUNTY POPULATION: 7,331 INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Richard Henderson, founder of the Transylvania Company. MAJOR CITIES: Oquawka: Population - 1,371. Started as a successful fur trading post by brothers S.S. and Alexis Phelps. Oquawka is the Indian word for ¨Yellow Bank.¨ Serves as the County seat and the Henderson County Courthouse is the 2nd …

History of all 16 Counties: #6 Greene County

GREENE COUNTY POPULATION: 13,886, INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Revolutionary figure, Nathaniel Greene. Home of prehistoric archaeological Koster Site, one of the oldest known cemetery sites in North America and the Center for American Archaeology's most important discovery. MAJOR CITIES: White Hall: - Population 2,520 The town got its name from a long, white tavern owned …