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Welcome to Knox County Illinois TTTP Project
 
 Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 55,836. Its county seat is Galesburg, Illinois.

Knox County is part of the Galesburg Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 2.1 Major highways
    • 2.2 Adjacent counties
  • 3 Cities and towns
  • 4 Unincorporated communities
  • 5 Townships
  • 6 Demographics
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

History

Knox County was named in honor of Henry Knox, the first US Secretary of War.

The first "Knox County" in what today is Illinois was unrelated to the modern incarnation. In 1790, the land of the Indiana Territory that was to become Illinois was divided into two counties: St. Clair and Knox. The latter included land in what was to become Indiana. When Knox County, Indiana, was formed from this portion of the county in 1809, the Illinois portions were subdivided into counties that were given other names.

The modern Knox County, Illinois, was organized in 1825, from Fulton County, itself a portion of the original St. Clair County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 720 square miles (1,864 km²), of which 716 square miles (1,855 km²) is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) (0.48%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-74.svg Interstate 74
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • US 150.svg U.S. Highway 150
  • Illinois 8.svg Illinois Route 8
  • Illinois 17.svg Illinois Route 17
  • Illinois 41.svg Illinois Route 41
  • Illinois 78.svg Illinois Route 78
  • Illinois 97.svg Illinois Route 97
  • Illinois 164.svg Illinois Route 164
  • Illinois 116.svg Illinois Route 116
  • Illinois 167.svg Illinois Route 167
  • Illinois 180.svg Illinois Route 180

Adjacent counties

  • Henry County - north
  • Stark County - east
  • Peoria County - southeast
  • Fulton County - south
  • Warren County - west
  • Mercer County - northwest

Cities and towns

  • Abingdon
  • Altona
  • East Galesburg
  • Farmington
  • Galesburg
  • Henderson
  • Knoxville
  • London Mills (mostly in Fulton County)
  • Maquon
  • Oneida
  • Rio
  • St. Augustine
  • Victoria
  • Wataga
  • Williamsfield
  • Yates City

Unincorporated communities

  • Appleton
  • Columbia Heights
  • Dahinda
  • Delong
  • Douglas
  • Gilson
  • Henderson Grove
  • Hermon
  • Oak Run
  • Ontario
  • Rapatee

Townships

Knox County is divided into twenty-one townships:

  • Cedar
  • Chestnut
  • Copley
  • Elba
  • Galesburg
  • Galesburg City
  • Haw Creek
  • Henderson
  • Indian Point
  • Knox
  • Lynn
  • Maquon
  • Ontario
  • Orange
  • Persifer
  • Rio
  • Salem
  • Sparta
  • Truro
  • Victoria
  • Walnut Grove

Demographics

External links

  • Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Gallery: Knox County
  • "Foxie's Knox Co., IL AHGP"