|Elevation||889 ft (271 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||815 & 779|
|GNIS feature ID||421786|
Elva was developed by Joseph Glidden of DeKalb, and was named after his daughter. An 1892 map of Illinois shows the village with the famous grain elevator and train station just south of the main east west road through town. A 1910 Illinois map identifies the town as Elva Station, as a spur line connected up to DeKalb.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Elva, Illinois
- Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 69.
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