Monmouth, Illinois

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Coordinates: 40°54′42″N 90°38′40″W / 40.91167°N 90.64444°W / 40.91167; -90.64444
Monmouth
City
Patton Block Building.jpg
Patton Block Building in Monmouth
Official name: Monmouth
Motto: Make it Monmouth!
Nickname: The Maple City
Country United States
State Illinois
County Warren
Township Monmouth
Coordinates 40°54′42″N 90°38′40″W / 40.91167°N 90.64444°W / 40.91167; -90.64444
Area 4.23 sq mi (11 km2)
 - land 4.21 sq mi (11 km2)
 - water 0.02 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 9,444 (2010)
Density 2,442.3 / sq mi (943 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61462
Area code 309
Location of Monmouth within Illinois
Location of Monmouth within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Monmouth, Illinois

Monmouth is a city in and the county seat of Warren County, Illinois, United States.[1] The population was 9,444 at the 2010 census, down from 9,841 in 2000. It is the home of Monmouth College and contains Monmouth Park, Harmon Park, North Park, Warfield Park, West Park, South Park, Garwood Park, Buster White Park and the Citizens Lake & Campground. It is the host of the Prime Beef festival,[2] held annually the week after Labor Day. The festival is kicked off with one of the largest parades in Western Illinois. Monmouth is also known regionally as the "Maple City". It is part of the Galesburg Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and local officials stated in May of 2014 that it would be the future site of a 250,000 square foot Cloverleaf Cold Storage facility (it will attach to an existing Farmland Foods facility), scheduled to open in March of 2015, with a $30 million investment from Cloverleaf. Hundreds of construction jobs will be necessary not only for the building, but for a new access road leading to the facility at the north edge of town. Cloverleaf also hopes to expand the operation to 400,000 square feet within three to five years, generating another 50 plant jobs; most of the construction and permanent company positions are expected to be positions that could support a family on a middle-class area lifestyle.[3]

History[edit]

The town established in 1831 was originally going to be called Kosciusko (the name was drawn out of a hat), but the founders of the town feared that it would be difficult to spell and pronounce.

In 1841, Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. appeared before Judge Stephen A. Douglas in an extradition hearing held at Monmouth's Warren County Courthouse. The hearing, which was to determine whether Smith should be returned to Missouri to face murder charges, resulted in freedom for the defendant, as it was determined that his arrest had been invalid. Attorney Orville Browning, who would assume Douglas's Senate seat following his death, represented Smith.

Gunfighter Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth. For many years, the town watertower boasted that Monmouth was the "Home of Wyatt Earp." Controversial Civil War general Eleazar A. Paine practiced law there for many years. Abner C. Harding, Civil War General and Republican Congressman, lived in Monmouth and is buried in Monmouth Cemetery.[4] Mass murderer Richard Speck lived in Monmouth briefly as a child, and again in the spring of 1966. Ronald Reagan lived in Monmouth for a while as a child when his father worked as a shoe salesman at the Colwell Department Store.

Monmouth College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was founded in Monmouth in 1853 by Cedar Creek & South Henderson Presbyterian Churches. With James Cochran Porter & Robert Ross Founding in 1852 Monmouth Academy. The Rev. David Alexander Wallace serving as the first President 1856-1878. It is the second-largest employer in the city. Pi Beta Phi, the first national secret college society of women to be modeled after the Greek-letter fraternities of men, was founded on its campus in 1867. Just three years later in 1870, Kappa Kappa Gamma, international fraternity for women, was founded on its campus.[5]

Monmouth was once home to one of the most unusually named high school sports organizations, the Zippers. Originally known as The Maroons, the Zipper nickname came about in the late 1930s when the school had a fast basketball team that would "Zip" up and down the court. Earl Bennett, a sports writer nicknamed them "The Zippers" and the name stuck. The school went with the "Zipper" nickname until the 2005-06 school year when Monmouth consolidated with Roseville and the new Monmouth-Roseville High School adopted the nickname "The Titans".

Monmouth was the home for Western Stoneware, known for its "Maple Leaf" imprint and for producing "Sleepy Eye" collectible ceramics, which are recognizable by the blue-on-white bas-relief Indian profile. Western Stoneware closed in June 2006. Three former employees of Western Stoneware now operate the facility under the name "WS", Inc and have leased the building and logo from the city of Monmouth.[6]

Geography[edit]

Monmouth is located at 40°54′42″N 90°38′40″W / 40.91167°N 90.64444°W / 40.91167; -90.64444 (40.911531, -90.644579).[7] Monmouth is located in Western Illinois where US Route 34, US Route 67, Illinois Route 164, and now the new Chicago to Kansas City Expressway (Illinois Route 110) intersect.

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 4.23 square miles (11.0 km2), of which 4.21 square miles (10.9 km2) (or 99.53%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 0.47%) is water.[8]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,841 people, 3,688 households, and 2,323 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,442.3 people per square mile (942.8/km²). There were 3,986 housing units at an average density of 989.2 per square mile (381.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.72% White, 2.80% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 1.91% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.35% of the population.

There were 3,688 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 17.1% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,641, and the median income for a family was $41,004. Males had a median income of $30,006 versus $20,144 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,839. About 8.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • WMOI-FM (97.7) (RDS)Format: Adult Contemporary
  • WRAM-AM (1330)Format: News/Talk/Ag Classic Country Music

Newspaper[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • Charles Dryden - Early 20th Century Sportswriter
  • Wyatt Earp - Legendary Western Marshal
  • Loie Fuller - Pioneer of Modern Dance
  • Ralph Greenleaf - World Pocket Billiards Champion
  • J. P. Machado - Former offensive guard for the New York Jets
  • John Twomey (musician) - manualist
  • Alex Tanney - football quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Attended Monmouth College from 2007-2011. NCAA record holder for all time career touchdown passes with 157.
  • Ronald Reagan - 40th President of the United States. Resided in Monmouth as a child.

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