Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois

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Bear Creek Township
Location in Hancock County
Location in Hancock County
Hancock County's location in Illinois
Hancock County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 40°19′43″N 91°11′55″W / 40.32861°N 91.19861°W / 40.32861; -91.19861Coordinates: 40°19′43″N 91°11′55″W / 40.32861°N 91.19861°W / 40.32861; -91.19861
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Hancock
Established November 6, 1849
 • Total 36.32 sq mi (94.1 km2)
 • Land 36.26 sq mi (93.9 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.17%
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 345
 • Density 9.5/sq mi (3.7/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 62313, 62321, 62341, 62379, 62380
GNIS feature ID 0428643

Bear Creek Township is one of twenty-five townships in Hancock County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 345 and it contained 165 housing units.[1]

Vinyard History[edit]

In the 1860s and 1870s, the grapes grown in Bear Creek at the vineyard of Gabriel Morlot were well known in the state. They won first place at the 17th Annual Illinois State Fair in 1869 in the categories of "Best Two Bottles of Catawba, Product of this State", "Best Two Bottles of Clinton, Product of this State", and "Best Two Bottles of Concord, Product of this State", earning three Silver Medals.[2]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 36.32 square miles (94.1 km2), of which 36.26 square miles (93.9 km2) (or 99.83%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 0.17%) is water.[1]

Cities, towns, villages[edit]


The township contains these four cemeteries: Bethel, Graham, South Basco and West Basco.

Cozart Cemetery is located south of Elvastan in the middle of a field now farmed by the Geissler Brothers. This cemetery is timed in the 19th century and is also the resting place for Alexander K. Patterson, one of four war veterans buried in Handcock

School districts[edit]

  • Hamilton Community Consolidated School District 328
  • Southeastern Community Unit School District 337
  • Warsaw Community Unit School District 316

Political districts[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, John P. (1871). Transactions of the Illinois State Agricultural Society with Reports from County and District Agricultural Societies. Illinois Journal Printing Office. p. 26. 

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