Jamaica Township, Vermilion County, Illinois
Location in Vermilion County
|• Total||31.32 sq mi (81.1 km2)|
|• Land||31.08 sq mi (80.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.24 sq mi (0.6 km2) 0.77%|
|Elevation||676 ft (206 m)|
|• Density||6.5/sq mi (2.5/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0429180|
Jamaica Township was created from portions of Catlin, Sidell, Carroll, and Vance Townships. The petition was filed in 1897, but the township wasn't approved until 1899 after a lengthy court battle, partly due to the excellent farmland in the area. The township was originally called Kingsley after a local chapel. Rob Weller lived there for 20 years. Later, local W. T. Baird suggested changing the name for Jamaica, Queens, a borough of New York City, which was named for a northeastern Algonquin Indian tribe.
According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 31.32 square miles (81.1 km2), of which 31.08 square miles (80.5 km2) (or 99.23%) is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2) (or 0.77%) is water. The stream of Jordan Creek runs through this township.
- Catlin Township (northeast)
- Carroll Township (southeast)
- Sidell Township (southwest)
- Vance Township (northwest)
- "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
- Stapp, Katherine; W. I. Bowman (1968). History Under Our Feet: The Story of Vermilion County, Illinois. Danville, Illinois: Interstate Printers and Publishers, Inc. p. 22.
- Callary, Edmund (2009). Place Names of Illinois. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-252-03356-8.