Coulterville, Illinois

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The Village of Coulterville
Location of Coulterville in Randolph County, Illinois.
Location of Coulterville in Randolph County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 38°11′3″N 89°36′20″W / 38.18417°N 89.60556°W / 38.18417; -89.60556Coordinates: 38°11′3″N 89°36′20″W / 38.18417°N 89.60556°W / 38.18417; -89.60556
Country United States
State Illinois
County Randolph
Founded November 19, 1850
Grant Cote August 18, 1874
Founded by James B. Coulter
 • Mayor Steve Marlow
 • Total 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Land 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 945
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 906
 • Density 1,617.86/sq mi (624.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s) 62237
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-16613
Wikimedia Commons Coulterville, Illinois

Coulterville is a village in Randolph County, Illinois, United States. The population was 945 as of the 2010 census.[3]


Coulterville was named for its founder, James B. Coulter.[4]


Coulterville is located at 38°11′3″N 89°36′20″W / 38.18417°N 89.60556°W / 38.18417; -89.60556 (38.184172, -89.605496).[5]

According to the 2010 census, Coulterville has a total area of 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2), all land.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016906[2]−4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,230 people, 514 households, and 360 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,174.4 people per square mile (833.2/km²). There were 610 housing units at an average density of 1,078.4 per square mile (413.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.34% White, 1.87% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

There were 514 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $26,776, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $31,550 versus $19,113 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,994. About 12.6% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.4% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.

Black Beauty Coal Company[edit]

Black Beauty Coal Company is the largest coal producer in the Illinois Basin, which currently manages six active mines in Indiana and four in Illinois. Together with its equity affiliates, Black Beauty's operations sold 27.1 million short tons (24.6 million metric tons) of low, medium, and high sulfur coal in 2004.

Black Beauty's mines include Air Quality No. 1, Farmersburg, Francisco, Somerville Central, Miller Creek and Viking in Indiana. Black Beauty manages the Riola Complex in Illinois, an underground facility with two portals, and owns an equity interest in Arclar Company, which operates the Cottage Grove and Willow Lake mines in southern Illinois.

In March 2005, Peabody purchased selected assets from Lexington Coal Company. Black Beauty will operate the Gateway Mine, located in Coulterville. The mine will employ 325 workers and will produce more than 4 million short tons (3½ million metric tons) of coal per year when the mine is operating at full capacity in 2006. Gateway Mine will supply coal under a new agreement with Northern Indiana Public Service Company with terms that can be extended through 2015.

The Roxy Theater[edit]

The Roxy Theater was built in 1921, the first movies shown at the theater were silent movies until 1930, and they also hosted local talent shows and plays. In the early 1980's Vernan Holtz, the owner, was in tax trouble and slowing down because of competition in Sparta, so he thought that switching to showing X-rated movies would help. The Roxy Theater eventually closed in 1987 due to not paying taxes, and in 1995 the building started collapsing in on itself so the city was forced to tear it down.

Union Depot[edit]

The first railroad to operate in Randolph county was the Belleville / Southern Illinois Railway. It ran from East St.Louis to Belleville, also going through Tilden and Coulterville to Duquoin, where it connected with the Illinois Central Railroad. The first train came through Coulterville on December 5, 1870. In the late 1880's the Centralia and Chester railroad company constructed a track from Sparta through Coulterville to Nashville, IL and eventually Salem. Both railroad lines shared a joint depot at Coulterville called Union Station. By 1960, passenger trains no longer stopped in Coulterville.

Early Coulterville Train Depot

The Post Office[edit]

The very first post office was built on April 4, 1854 according to the post office in 189, the post office changed the name to Coultersville to Coulterville. E.J. Benjamin was the first letter carrier on his route. He mainly carried light mail. Today coulterville has 3 rural routes that cover most of the miles surrounding the town.

Notable person[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Coulterville village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 93. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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