Etherly, Illinois

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Etherly was a town located in Knox County, Illinois, south of Victoria.

The town was a "company town:" a community that was the home of miners working the surrounding coal mines.[1] The mining companies in the area went out of business in the early 20th century and the town was sold.[2] Later, The Sherwood Mining Company bought the area mines as well as the village of Etherly. The houses and buildings in the town were sold and moved.[1] Many were moved to Galesburg, Victoria, and surrounding areas.[1] The town site was then dug for a strip mine.[3] The Etherly Cemetery is all that remains of the town today.


  1. ^ a b c Mrs Don Wheeler & Dean Cree (1976). Bicentennial Issue of Victoria History 1976. Wagoner Prit Company. 
  2. ^ Perry, Albert J (1912). History of Knox County, Illinois: its cities, towns and people, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. In 1894, a railroad was built from wataga, through nearly the center of the township, to a mining village called Etherly. It was supposed that there were extensive coal fields in Copely and Victoria township, and these improvements were made in order to develop these mines. 
  3. ^ Carlson, Jane (June 18, 2006). "Etherly drifted away". Register Mail. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°59′35″N 90°05′10″W / 40.993°N 90.086°W / 40.993; -90.086