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"IIIinois, il'lin-oi' or illin-ois', a north-central state of the American Union, lying in the valley of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, and bounded N. by Wisconsin, E. by Lake Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky, S.E. and S. by Kentucky, S. and S.W. by Missouri, and W. by Missouri and Iowa. Lake Michigan washes its northeastern border; the Wabash separates it in part from Indiana: from Kentucky it is divided by the Ohio; and along its whole western limit flows the Mississippi, separating it from Iowa and Missouri. Area, 56,650 square miles, 9 which all but about 12 per cent. has been converted into farms. Two-thirds of the farm-land is tilled ground, and 16 percent woodland...

The population in 1800 was 2458; in 1810, 12,282; in 1820, 55,162; in 1830, 157,445; in 1840, 476,183; in 1850, 851,470; in 1860, 1,711,951; in 1865, 2,141,510; in 1870, 2,539,891; in 1880, 3,077,871; in 1890, 3,826,351."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1811 - First coal mine in Illinois opened in Jackson County; parts of southern Illinois damaged by New Madrid earthquake

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  • 1817 - Veterans of War of 1812 received 160-acre land warrants in Illinois Military Tract between Illinois and Mississippi Rivers

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  • 1818 - Illinois became 21st U. S. state, Kaskaskia chosen as capital

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  • 1865 - Illinois first state to ratify Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery; Lincoln assassinated in Washington, D.C., buried in Springfield

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  • 1867 - Pullman Palace Car Company founded. The company charter was approved by the Illinois Legislature on February 22, 1867.


  • 1872 - Illinois grants freedom of occupational choice to both men and women.
    But when Myra Colby Bradwell, who studied as her husband’s law apprentice to pass the Illinois bar, tries to practice as a lawyer, the US supreme...Read MORE...


  • Illinois, USA
    1890s
    Highland Brand Evaporated Cream
    Highland, Ill.
  • 1893 - Eugene Debs forms the American Railway Union
    The American Railway Union was the largest labor union of its time, and one of the first industrial unions in the United States. It was founded on...Read MORE...


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    Normal, McLean, Illinois, USA
    Scene on Broadway
  • News 1917 - May 26 – A tornado strikes Mattoon, Illinois, causing devastation and killing 101 people.

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    May 26, 1917

  • 1918 - Influenza epidemic in Illinois killed 32,000

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  • 1925 - March 18 - The great Tri-State Tornado occurred, the most deadly tornado in U.S. history.
    The tornado claimed 695 lives (including 234 at Murphysboro IL and 148 at West Frankfort IL), and caused seventeen million dollars property damage....Read MORE...


  • Illinois, USA
    Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
    Michigan Ave. Bridge
  • Illinois, USA
    Greetings from Brighton, Macoupin, Illinois, USA
  • 1954 - Raymond Kroc opened first McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

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  • 1974 - Sears Tower, world's tallest building, completed in Chicago; state lottery approved by General Assembly

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