Rossville, Illinois

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Village (United States)
Welcome sign at the north edge of town, 2007
Welcome sign at the north edge of town, 2007
Vermilion County's location in Illinois
Vermilion County's location in Illinois
Rossville is located in Vermilion County, Illinois
Rossville's location in Vermilion County
Coordinates: 40°22′45″N 87°40′07″W / 40.37917°N 87.66861°W / 40.37917; -87.66861Coordinates: 40°22′45″N 87°40′07″W / 40.37917°N 87.66861°W / 40.37917; -87.66861
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Vermilion
Township Grant, Ross
Post office established 1839
Founded 1862
 • Total 3.6 km2 (1.40 sq mi)
 • Land 3.6 km2 (1.40 sq mi)
 • Water 0.0 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
Elevation 209 m (686 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,331
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
ZIP code 60963
Area code(s) 217
GNIS feature ID 0424549[2]
Website Village Website

Rossville is a village in Ross Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,331.[1] It is part of the Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Downtown Rossville, 2007

The location was originally named Liggett's Grove in honor of John Liggett who built a lodging house in 1829. Liggett's cabin was located on the Hubbard Trail, an early trading route established by Gurdon Hubbard from Chicago to Danville. In 1833, this became the first state highway (now Illinois Route 1) and in 1914 was made part of the Dixie Highway.

In 1838, Alvan Gilbert purchased the Liggett farm, and the following year became postmaster at the newly established post office. Rossville was incorporated as a village in August 1859.[3][4] Rossville and Ross Township were named after Jacob Ross, a settler in the area.

In February 2004, a fire broke out in the downtown business district and destroyed several of the historic buildings and antique shops for which Rossville has been known.[5]


Rossville's coordinates are 40°22′50″N 87°40′7″W / 40.38056°N 87.66861°W / 40.38056; -87.66861 (40.380424, -87.668557).[6] According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.40 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,334
2000 1,217 −8.8%
2010 1,331 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,217 people, 533 households, and 341 families residing in the village. The population density was 905.1 people per square mile (350.7/km²). There were 596 housing units at an average density of 443.2 per square mile (171.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.78% White, 0.25% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 533 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,442, and the median income for a family was $43,882. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $19,813 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,794. About 7.8% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Area attractions[edit]

Area attractions include the Rossville Historical Society Museum, the Rossville Railroad Depot Museum, Christman Park, and the Hubbard Trail Monument. South of Rossville are Historic Mann's Chapel (1857) and an original State Road Mile Marker from 1833.[citation needed]

The Rossville Community Organization is active in hosting community events. These include; Free A-Train week in September, Drivin' The Dixie Days in June, and Christmas in the Village on the first weekend in December.


Rossville is located at the intersection of Illinois Route 1 and County Road 14, about 7 miles south of Hoopeston and about 15 miles north of the county seat of Danville. A railroad operated by CSX Transportation passes through the east side of town.[9]

Notable people[edit]

  • Daniel Huffman, gained fame in 1996 after donating a kidney to his grandmother and who was the subject of the 1999 television movie, Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story.[10]


  1. ^ a b "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rossville". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  3. ^ Jones, Lottie E. (1911). History of Vermilion County, Illinois (volume 1). Chicago, Illinois: Pioneer Publishing Company. pp. 223–224. 
  4. ^ Stapp, Katherine; W. I. Bowman (1968). History Under Our Feet: The Story of Vermilion County, Illinois. Danville, Illinois: Interstate Printers and Publishers, Inc. p. 46. 
  5. ^ "FreeLists: Rossville in Flames". Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Illinois Railroad Map" (PDF). Illinois Department of Transportation. January 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  10. ^ "Football-sacrificing kidney donor shot dead". USA Today. 2004-12-11. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 

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