Alden, Illinois

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Alden, Illinois
Alden, Illinois is located in Illinois
Alden, Illinois
Alden, Illinois
Alden, Illinois is located in the United States
Alden, Illinois
Alden, Illinois
Coordinates: 42°27′32″N 88°31′04″W / 42.45889°N 88.51778°W / 42.45889; -88.51778Coordinates: 42°27′32″N 88°31′04″W / 42.45889°N 88.51778°W / 42.45889; -88.51778
CountryUnited States
1,004 ft (306 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)815 & 779
GNIS feature ID403385[1]

Alden, elevation 1,004 feet (306 meters), is an unincorporated community in McHenry County, Illinois, United States.[1] Being very small, the population was not listed in the 2000 census.


Alden was laid out in 1844, and named after Alden, New York, the native home of a large share of the first settlers.[2] A post office called Alden has been in operation since 1844.[3]


The community is situated in the heart of Alden Township at the junction of Alden Road (County Highway V-12) and Illinois Route 173. The headwaters of Nippersink Creek originate at the High Point Unit of the McHenry County Conservation District, flowing to the southeast and east. In terms of geographic coordinates, the community is located at 42°27′32″N 88°31′04″W / 42.45889°N 88.51778°W / 42.45889; -88.51778 (42.4589075, -88.5178757)[4] In terms of the Public Land Survey System, Alden is located within the Southeast Quarter of Section 15 and the Northeast Quarter of Section 23, Township 46 North, Range 6 East of the Third Principal Meridian.[5] Alden is served by the Harvard, Illinois 60033 post office.

Points of interest[edit]

A small commercial district is located at the highway junction. The Alden Township facility is just south of the community at 8515 Alden Road.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Alden". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Callary, Edward (29 September 2008). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-252-09070-7.
  3. ^ "McHenry County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  4. ^ Alden, IL, Retrieved on 2009-05-15.
  5. ^ McHenry County Department of Planning and Development, McHenry County Base Map Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine, 2009-06; McHenry County Division of Transportation[dead link], Official Highway Map, 2008; and Nippersink Creek Watershed Planning Committee, Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan
  6. ^ Katherine C. Schultz, County of McHenry Clerk. Yearbook: McHenry County, Illinois, 2009-2010, Retrieved on 2009-05-15.