Bybee, Illinois

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Bybee
Ghost town
Bybee is located in Fulton County, Illinois
Bybee
Bybee
Location in Fulton County, Illinois
Bybee is located in Illinois
Bybee
Bybee
Location in Illinois
Coordinates: 40°35′52″N 90°11′5″W / 40.59778°N 90.18472°W / 40.59778; -90.18472Coordinates: 40°35′52″N 90°11′5″W / 40.59778°N 90.18472°W / 40.59778; -90.18472[1]
Country United States
State Illinois
County Fulton
Township Joshua
Elevation[1] 682 ft (208 m)

Bybee is a former settlement in Fulton County, Illinois. The small settlement was about 2.7 miles (4.3 km) south-southwest of Fairview and 8.3 miles (13.4 km) west-northwest of Canton.

The community was laid out by David Bybee on a narrow gauge railway: probably the Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad that operated from 1880 to the 1920s. That railway was turned into standard gauge around 1910. In 1905, two trains per day passed through Bybee; by 1913, only one train a day. There was a school, store, and train stop on the narrow gauge rail. There is a small cemetery near where this community used to exist. The track was torn out of this area when the narrow gauge company discontinued service between Galesburg and Fairview, Illinois.[citation needed]

The name Bybee is in four nearby geographic features in the Geographic Names Information System: the settlement (422523),[1] a station (1802152) 1,550 feet (0.294 mi; 0.47 km) to the east,[2] and two entries (405312 and 1984238) that appear to be the same cemetery 2,500 feet (0.47 mi; 0.76 km) west of the settlement,[3][4] all along Cypress Road just south of Turkey Creek. There is also another cemetery (1773316) with the name Bybee, 13.8 miles (22.2 km) east-southeast of the settlement in Banner Township.[5]

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  • Callary, Edward (2009) Place Names of Illinois Urbana & Chicago; University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252033568