Category:Illinois populated places on the Mississippi River
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The following 63 pages are in this category, out of 63 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 63 pages are in this category, out of 63 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Albany, Illinois – Albany is a village in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. The population was 891 at the 2010 census, down from 895 in 2000, Albany was laid out in 1837, and named after Albany, New York, the native home of a large share of the first settlers. A post office called Albany has been in operation since 1838, Albany is located at 41°47′18″N 90°13′9″W. According to the 2010 census, Albany has an area of 1.07 square miles. As of the census of 2000, there were 895 people,349 households, the population density was 894.8 people per square mile. There were 383 housing units at a density of 382.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98. 66% White,0. 67% African American,0. 22% from other races, hispanic or Latino of any race were 0. 56% of the population. 21. 8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9. 2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98. In the village, the population was out with 26. 8% under the age of 18,5. 8% from 18 to 24,28. 3% from 25 to 44,26. 1% from 45 to 64. The median age was 38 years, for every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males, the median income for a household in the village was $46,719, and the median income for a family was $51,333. Males had an income of $40,521 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,780, about 3. 7% of families and 5. 3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7. 7% of those under age 18 and 0. 9% of those age 65 or over. Nan Sheets, painter and museum director
2. Alton, Illinois – Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. The population was 27,865 at the 2010 census and it is a part of the Metro-East region of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It was the site of the last Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate in October 1858, the former state penitentiary here was used during the war to hold up to 12,000 Confederate prisoners of war. Although Alton once was growing faster than its city of St. Louis. Many blocks of housing in Alton were built in the Victorian Queen Anne style, at the top of the hill in the commercial area, several stone churches and a fine city hall also represent the citys wealth during its good times based on river traffic and shipping. It was a center for a large agricultural area. Numerous residences on hills have sweeping views of the Mississippi River, the Alton area was home to Native Americans for thousands of years before the 19th-century founding by European Americans of the modern city. Historic accounts indicate occupation of this area by the Illiniwek or Illinois Confederacy at the time of European contact, earlier native settlement is demonstrated by archaeological artifacts and the famous prehistoric Piasa bird painted on a cliff face nearby. The image was first written about in 1673 by French missionary priest Father Jacques Marquette, Alton was developed as a river town in 1818 by Rufus Easton, who named it after his son. Easton ran a ferry service across the Mississippi River to the Missouri shore. Alton is located amid the confluence of three significant navigable rivers, the Illinois, the Mississippi, and the Missouri, Alton grew into a river trading town with an industrial character. The city rises steeply from the waterfront, where massive concrete grain silos and railroad tracks were constructed in the 19th and 20th centuries to aid in shipping the areas grains, brick commercial buildings are located throughout downtown. Once the site of brick factories, Alton has an unusually high number of streets still paved in brick. The lower levels of Alton are subject to floods, many of which have inundated the downtown area. The flood levels of different dates are marked on the grain silos, part of the Ardent Mills. The flood of 93 is the worst in the last 100 years and it became an important town for abolitionists, as Illinois was a free state across from the slave state of Missouri. Pro-slavery activists also lived there and slave catchers often raided the city, escaped slaves would cross the Mississippi to seek shelter in Alton, and proceed to safer places through stations of the Underground Railroad. During the years before the American Civil War, several homes were equipped with tunnels, on November 7,1837, the abolitionist printer Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy was murdered by a pro-slavery mob while he tried to protect his Alton-based press from being destroyed for the third time
3. Andalusia, Illinois – Andalusia, also called Andalusia Island, is a village in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,178 at the 2010 census, an increase from 1,050 in 2000, Andalusia is located at 41°26′26″N 90°43′15″W. According to the 2010 census, Andalusia has an area of 1.181 square miles. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,050 people,402 households, the population density was 1,463.4 people per square mile. There were 415 housing units at a density of 578.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 97. 05% White,0. 57% African American,0. 10% Native American,0. 76% from other races, hispanic or Latino of any race were 2. 19% of the population. 18. 9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8. 0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.02. In the village, the population was out with 24. 7% under the age of 18,9. 1% from 18 to 24,29. 5% from 25 to 44,26. 2% from 45 to 64. The median age was 39 years, for every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males, the median income for a household in the village was $46,552, and the median income for a family was $56,250. Males had an income of $37,438 versus $25,179 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,626, about 3. 1% of families and 2. 9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2. 8% of those under age 18 and 11. 1% of those age 65 or over. Official Website Rock Island County Historical Society
4. Bald Bluff Township, Henderson County, Illinois – Bald Bluff Township is one of eleven townships in Henderson County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 334 and it contained 159 housing units. According to the 2010 census, the township has an area of 42.78 square miles. Bald Bluff at 41. 018648°N90. 853752°W /41.018648, united States National Atlas City-Data. com Illinois State Archives Township Officials of Illinois
5. Batchtown, Illinois – Batchtown is a village in Calhoun County, Illinois, United States. The population was 214 at the 2010 census, a decline from 218 in 2000, Batchtown is located at 39°02′01″N 90°39′19″W. According to the 2010 census, Batchtown has an area of 1.86 square miles. As of the census of 2000, there were 218 people,85 households, the population density was 115.9 people per square mile. There were 110 housing units at a density of 58.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 99. 54% White,29. 4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14. 1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the family size was 3.20. In the village, the population was out with 22. 0% under the age of 18,11. 5% from 18 to 24,28. 0% from 25 to 44,22. 9% from 45 to 64. The median age was 37 years, for every 100 females there were 109.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males, the median income for a household in the village was $42,222, and the median income for a family was $46,094. Males had an income of $31,389 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,013, about 4. 2% of families and 2. 5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty five or over. Bill McGee, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants Andrew C
6. Brooklyn, Illinois – Brooklyn, is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. Located two miles north of East St. Louis, Illinois and three miles northeast of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, it is the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. It was founded by freed and fugitive slaves from St. Louis and its motto is Founded by Chance, Sustained by Courage. The current mayor is Mayor Vera Banks-Glasper, superstar Tina Turner regularly performed at a local club in her early years as an entertainer. A missionary AME Church was established in the new settlement in 1836, according to oral history tradition, by 1829 Mother Priscilla Baltimore led a group of eleven families, composed of both fugitive and free African Americans, to flee slavery in St. Louis, Missouri. They crossed the Mississippi River to the state of Illinois. Mother Baltimore was said to have purchased her freedom as an adult from her master and she also bought the freedom of members of her family. Born in Kentucky, she tracked her father to Missouri. The earliest black families included Anderson, Sullivan, Singleton, Wilson, Cox, Wyatt and she may have been traveling between these locations for a time. Baltimore had become a Methodist preacher and participated in the life of the new settlement. William Paul Quinn, then a missionary of the newly formed African Methodist Episcopal Church, visited the settlement in 1836 and he had been assigned as a missionary that year to what was then called the Northwest, including Indiana and Ohio. Quinn was also active in planting new congregations in Kentucky and Missouri, Brooklyn AME Church is thought to be the first AME Church west of the Appalachian Mountains. It is now known as Quinns Chapel AME Church in his honor, in 1837, five white abolitionists platted the land and created an unincorporated nearly all-black town. Thomas Osburn was one of them, and he is documented as having lived in the area for decades, Priscilla Baltimore built a house on his former land, which she occupied from 1851-1872. In the 1840s and 1850s, the African-American population of the village was about 200, both of these church buildings have survived. Antioch Baptist Church also still stands, on July 8,1873, Brooklyn, Illinois was incorporated. By 1880, its population included 371 African-American and 203 European-American residents, in the late 19th century, its residents joined in taking new industrial jobs, commuting to those in East St. Louis and nearby areas. Blacks who migrated to what became known as Brooklyn were attracted to the possibilities of working in a settlement that would enjoy race autonomy
7. Cahokia, Illinois – Cahokia is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. It is part of Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, as of the 2010 census, the village had a population of 15,241, a decline from 16,391 in 2000. The name is a reference to one of the clans of the historic Illini confederacy and it was founded as a French Canadian mission in 1696. Early European settlers also named Cahokia Mounds after the Illini and this is an extensive prehistoric Mississippian culture urban complex located to the north in present-day Collinsville in Madison County. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a State Historic Park, the city site reached its peak in the 13th century and was abandoned centuries before European contact. The Cahokia Native Americans did not coalesce as a group and live in the Illinois area until closer to the time of French contact. The European association with Cahokia began over 300 years ago, with Father Pinet’s mission in late 1696 to convert the Cahokian, Father Pinet and the Seminary of Foreign Missions of Quebec built a log church. It is dedicated to the Holy Family, during the next 100 years, Cahokia became one of the largest French colonial towns in the Illinois Country. Cahokia had become the center of an area for trading Indian goods. The village had about 3,000 inhabitants,24 brothels, the nearby town of Kaskaskia on the Mississippi became the region’s leading shipping port, and Fort de Chartres became a military and governmental command center. The 50-mile area of land between the two cities was cultivated by farming settlers, known as habitants, whose main crop was wheat, as the area expanded, the relationship between the settlers and the Indians continued to be peaceful. Settlers were mostly Canadien migrants whose families had been in North America for a while, in the following years, Cahokia suffered, mainly from the French loss in the French and Indian War in 1763. Defeated by Great Britain in what was an extension of the Seven Years War in Europe, the Odawa leader Pontiac was assassinated by other Indians in or near Cahokia on April 20,1769. In 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, George Rogers Clark set up a court in Cahokia, Cahokia officially became part of the United States by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Soon after that, the 105 Cahokia heads of household pledged loyalty to the Continental Congress of the United States, later, Cahokia was named the county seat of St. Clair County. The Cahokia Courthouse acted as a United States territorial courthouse and a political center for the next 24 years. When in 1801 St. Clair County was enlarged, Henry Harrison named the Cahokia Courthouse the legal and governmental center of an area extending to the Canada–US border. By 1814, other counties and territories had been organized, the county seat was moved to Belleville, Illinois
8. Cairo, Illinois – Cairo is the southernmost city in the U. S. state of Illinois, and is the county seat of Alexander County. Cairo is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, the rivers converge at Fort Defiance State Park, a Civil War fort that was built in 1862 by Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Cairo has the lowest elevation of any location in Illinois and is the only Illinois city surrounded by levees and it is in the area known as Little Egypt. Several blocks in the town comprise the Cairo Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Customs House is also on the NRHP. The city is part of the Cape Girardeau−Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population at the 2010 census was 2,831, a significant decline from its peak population of 15,203 in 1920. The entire city was evacuated during the 2011 Mississippi River Floods, after the Ohio River rose higher than the 1937 flood levels, the first municipal charter for Cairo and for the Bank of Cairo were issued in 1818, bit without any settlement and without any depositors. A second and successful effort to establish a town was made by the Cairo City and Canal Company in 1836-37, however, this effort collapsed in 1840, with few settlers remaining. Charles Dickens visited Cairo in 1842, and was unimpressed, the city would serve as his prototype for the nightmare City of Eden in his novel Martin Chuzzlewit. A new city charter was written in 1857, and Cairo flourished as trade with Chicago spurred development, by 1860, the population had exceeded 2,000. In January 1862, during the Civil War, however, General Ulysses S. Grant occupied the city, Cairo would become an important supply base and training center for the rest of the war. Grants military occupation caused much of the trade to be diverted to Chicago. Instead, agriculture, lumber, and sawmills now dominated the economy, the strategic importance of Cairos geographic location during the Civil War did spark prosperity. Several banks were founded during the war years, and the growth in banking, even before that, Cairo had been becoming an important steamboat port, and the city had been designated as a port of delivery by Act of Congress in 1854. In 1869 construction began on the United States Custom House and Post Office, the custom house was completed in 1872. It served as a house, post office, and United States Court. The U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois met at the building until 1905, from 1905 to 1942, the building housed the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois. The building also housed the U. S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Illinois from 1905 to 1912, the post office in the building was the third busiest in the United States at the height of Cairos prosperity. One of only seven of Mullets Victorian structures remaining in the nation and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places