Wabash County, Illinois
|Wabash County, Illinois|
Location in the state of Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Mount Carmel|
227.51 sq mi (589 km²)
223.25 sq mi (578 km²)
4.25 sq mi (11 km²), 1.87%
58/sq mi (22/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Wabash County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 11,947, which is a decrease of 7.7% from 12,937 in 2000. Its county seat is Mount Carmel.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 227.51 square miles (589.2 km2), of which 223.25 square miles (578.2 km2) (or 98.13%) is land and 4.25 square miles (11.0 km2) (or 1.87%) is water.
Major highways 
Adjacent counties 
- Lawrence County - north
- Knox County, Indiana - east
- Gibson County, Indiana - south
- Edwards County - west
- Richland County - northwest
Wabash County was formed in 1824 out of Edwards County, after an armed confrontation between the militias of Albion and Mt. Carmel after the county seat was moved from a town near the current city of Mount Carmel to Albion.
The County is named for the Wabash River, which forms its eastern and southern borders. The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the French name for the river, "Ouabache." French traders named the river after the Miami Indian word for the river, "Wabashike," (pronounced "Wah-bah-she-keh"), the word for "pure white." Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.
In the 1920s there existed a famous hotel and resort that existed in Wabash County nearby the Grand Rapids Dam on the Wabash River. The hotel was named the Grand Rapids Hotel and was owned by Frederick Hinde Zimmerman. During the hotel's nine year existence it catered to individuals from all over the United States. In July 2011, John Matthew Nolan wrote a detailed history of the Grand Rapids Hotel.
|IL Counties 1900-1990
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,937 people, 5,192 households, and 3,587 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 5,758 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.86% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of German, 22.8% American, 11.6% English and 9.4% Irish ancestry. 97.3% spoke English and 1.4% Spanish as their first language.
There were 5,192 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,473, and the median income for a family was $42,142. Males had a median income of $31,142 versus $18,091 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,747. About 9.50% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.70% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.
On the morning of April 18, 2008, at 4:37am local time, one of the largest earthquakes in Illinois history hit the area. The epicenter of this tremor was in Lick Prairie Township, near the middle of the county. The tremor was felt more than 400 miles away in Nebraska.
Precincts (Seat) 
Wabash County is one of 17 Illinois counties that use the term precinct.
- Bellmont (Bellmont)
- Coffee (Keensburg)
- Compton (East Grayville)
- Friendsville (Friendsville)
- Lancaster (Lancaster)
- Lick Prairie (Lick Prairie)
- Mount Carmel (Mount Carmel)
- Wabash (Allendale)
Cities and towns 
Unincorporated towns / census-designated places 
Climate and weather 
|Mount Carmel, Illinois|
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Mount Carmel have ranged from a low of 21 °F (−6 °C) in January to a high of 89 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −19 °F (−28 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.73 inches (69 mm) in February to 5.12 inches (130 mm) in May.
See also 
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wabash County
- Grand Rapids Hotel
- Grand Rapids Dam
- Hanging Rock (Wabash River)
- Charles T. Hinde
- Thomas S. Hinde
- Frederick Hinde Zimmerman
Further reading 
- Nolan, John Matthew, "2,543 Days: A History of the Hotel at Grand Rapids Dam on the Wabash River" 2011, ISBN 978-1-257-04152-7
- "Wabash County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Language Map Data Center
- Jim Suhr, Associated Press (April 18, 2008). "5.2 earthquake rattles skyscrapers, nerves across Midwest". San Francisco Chronicle. "It was the kind of tremor that might be ignored in earthquake-savvy California, but the temblor shook things up from Nebraska to Atlanta and rattled nerves in Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., where bricks toppled to the pavement... Dozens of aftershocks followed, including one with a magnitude of 4.6."
- "Monthly Averages for Mount Carmel, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
||Richland County||Lawrence County||Knox County, Indiana|
|Edwards County||Gibson County, Indiana|
|Gibson County, Indiana|