South Homer Township, Champaign County, Illinois

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South Homer Township
Location in Champaign County
Location in Champaign County
Champaign County's location in Illinois
Champaign County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 40°01′24″N 87°58′19″W / 40.02333°N 87.97194°W / 40.02333; -87.97194Coordinates: 40°01′24″N 87°58′19″W / 40.02333°N 87.97194°W / 40.02333; -87.97194
CountryUnited States
SettledNovember 8, 1859
 • Total28.26 sq mi (73.2 km2)
 • Land27.96 sq mi (72.4 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  1.06%
669 ft (204 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density57.3/sq mi (22.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code17-019-70863

South Homer Township is a township in Champaign County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 1,601 and it contained 681 housing units.[2]


South Homer is composed of parts of Townships 18 and 19 North, Range 11 East of the Third Principal Meridian; and Townships 18 and 19 North, Range 14 West of the Second Principal Meridian.

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 28.26 square miles (73.2 km2), of which 27.96 square miles (72.4 km2) (or 98.94%) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (or 1.06%) is water.[2] The Salt Fork of the Vermilion River winds its way through the north west section of the township; the confluence of 40°N 88°W / 40°N 88°W / 40; -88 lies in a farm field, in section 19 of the township.

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements.)


The township contains three cemeteries: Homer Grand Army of the Republic (Section 9, T. 18 N., R. 14 W., Village of Homer), Lost Grove (Section 30, T. 18 N., R. 11 E.) and Old Homer—Dunkard Cemetery (Section 30, T. 19 N., R. 14 W.).

Grain elevators[edit]

Homer elevators (Sections 8 and 9, T. 18 N., R. 14 W.) were built along the Wabash—Norfolk Southern railroad. J.C. Koehn operated an elevator in 1929.


In 1834 Moses Thomas, a native of Pennsylvania, built a water-powered grist and sawmill on the Salt Fork creek about a mile north of the present village of Homer (Section 33, T. 19 N., R. 14 W.) and began to mill grain. The millpond and dam formed the central attraction of the Homer Park amusement area 1905-1937; the site is now part of the Homer Lake Forest Preserve.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • Homer Airport (historical)


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,585[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[3]


  • "South Homer Township, Champaign County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  • United States Census Bureau cartographic boundary files

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