Urbana Township, Champaign County, Illinois

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Urbana Township
Location in Champaign County
Location in Champaign County
Champaign County's location in Illinois
Champaign County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 40°05′54″N 88°10′24″W / 40.09833°N 88.17333°W / 40.09833; -88.17333Coordinates: 40°05′54″N 88°10′24″W / 40.09833°N 88.17333°W / 40.09833; -88.17333
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyChampaign
EstablishedNovember 8, 1859
Area
 • Total24.07 sq mi (62.3 km2)
 • Land24.03 sq mi (62.2 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.17%
Elevation
705 ft (215 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Estimate 
(2016)[1]
7,136
 • Density310.1/sq mi (119.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code17-019-77018

Urbana Township is a township in Champaign County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 7,451 and it contained 3,435 housing units.[2]

Geography[edit]

Urbana is Township 19 North, Range 9 East of the Third Principal Meridian.

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 24.07 square miles (62.3 km2), of which 24.03 square miles (62.2 km2) (or 99.83%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 0.17%) is water.[2]

Portions of the township have been removed through annexation with the cities of Champaign and Urbana.

The University of Illinois South Farms occupy a large area south of the cities.

Yankee Ridge, a glacial moraine, extends through the central part of the township. Glacial rocks and large boulders frequently turn up on farms and construction sites in this area.

The Champaign County Poor Farm was in Section 16; the site on East Main Street in Urbana now has county offices, jail and nursing home.

The Kickapoo Rail Trail follows the former Big Four—Conrail System railroad right–of–way along U.S. Route 150 from the City of Urbana to the Village of St. Joseph.

Unincorporated towns[edit]

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

Cemeteries[edit]

The township contains several cemeteries: Eastlawn Burial Park and adjacent Greenwood—Harvey Cemetery (Section 9), Lincoln and Woodlawn (both Section 5), Mount Hope Cemetery and adjacent Roselawn (Section 18). All are now in the City of Urbana.

Potawatomi burial ground and Old Soldier's Burial Ground (Section 8). Burials were transferred to Mount Hope in 1902; the site is now Leal Park along University Avenue in Urbana.

Churches[edit]

Dunkard Church (Section 12 in 1893)

Grain Elevators[edit]

Myra Station elevator (Section 22) was built along the Wabash—Norfolk Southern railroad spur; the concrete elevator at the intersection of Route 130 and East Windsor Road was demolished in the 1980s. The railroad spur is also gone.

Urbana elevator (Section 8). H.R. Stinespring Coal, Flour and Feed elevator at 202 North Market Street (Broadway Avenue) in 1913 was south of both the Big Four and Wabash railroad tracks; the wooden elevator was still standing in 1958, but has since been demolished.

Mills[edit]

Runnel Fielder built a mill on the Saline Branch in Section 11 in the 1820s.

Charles Heptonstall built a water powered flour and sawmill on the Saline Branch about a mile downstream from the Urbana settlement in 1838, it later disappeared, probably washed away in a flood.

Jacob Mootz built a water–powered grist and sawmill on the Saline Branch around the year 1842, it was on land owned by Col. Matthew W. Busey in Section 8; the millpond and environs eventually evolved into Crystal Lake, now a public park in the City of Urbana.

Schools[edit]

Rural schools in the township included Blackberry School (Section 1), Cottonwood School (Section 14), Perkins School (Section 4), Silver School (Section 26), Star School (Section 28), Union School No. 2 (Section 19), Willard School (Section 23).[3]

The rural schools were all demolished or converted to residences.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • Day Aero-Place

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20167,136[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

References[edit]

  • "Urbana Township, Champaign County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  • United States Census Bureau cartographic boundary files
  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ Plat Book of Champaign County Illinois. Chicago: Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1893. p. 55, Urbana Township
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.

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