Garden Prairie, Illinois

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Garden Prairie
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County Boone
Elevation 781 ft (238.0 m)
Coordinates 42°15′12″N 88°43′29″W / 42.25333°N 88.72472°W / 42.25333; -88.72472Coordinates: 42°15′12″N 88°43′29″W / 42.25333°N 88.72472°W / 42.25333; -88.72472
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61038
Area code 815 and 779
Location of Garden Prairie within Illinois

Garden Prairie is an unincorporated former village located in Boone County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Garden Prairie was originally called Amesville, in honor of a pioneer settler.[1] The present name refers to the fertility of their surrounding land on the prairie.[1] A post office was established as Amesville in 1838, and renamed Garden Prairie in 1853.[2]

On February 2, 2010, residents voted 57 - 46 to dissolve the village, only 2 years after incorporating by a 62 - 44 vote on February 5, 2008.[3]


Garden Prairie is located at 42°15′12″N 88°43′29″W / 42.25333°N 88.72472°W / 42.25333; -88.72472 (42.25333, -88.72472).[4] It is roughly centered between Marengo and Belvidere, at the intersection of US Highway 20 and Garden Prairie Road.


  1. ^ a b 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. 75. 
  2. ^ "Boone County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Kevin Haas (February 2, 2010). "Garden Prairie residents vote to dissolve village". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved March 12, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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