Sign leading into Kent, Illinois, which notes the population of both people and dogs.
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Kent is an unincorporated community in Stephenson County, Illinois. Kent is home to Forreston State Bank, Kent Feed Mill, St. Paul's Lutheran Church (ELCA), Kent United Methodist Church, Kent Fire Department and the Kent U.S. Post Office.
Kent was surveyed and platted in 1887 at the same time the Chicago Great Western Railroad laid its tracks through Stephenson County. When the village was founded it was the only village within its township and it was thought that the area had great potential for growth. Kent is probably named for the Reverend Aratus Kent, a traveling evangelist from Galena, Illinois. The post office in present-day Kent was established on July 29, 1850.
Kent is located in Stephenson County, Illinois about 12 miles west of Freeport. Kent is located in the southwestern part of its township, near the Stephenson-Jo Daviess County line. It is also in proximity to Pearl City.
- Fulwider, Addison L. History of Stephenson County, Illinois, Volume I, (Google Books link), BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009 (reprint of public domain material), pp. 362-63, (ISBN 1110745974).
- Callary, Edward. Place Names of Illinois, (Google Books link), University of Illinois Press, 2008 p. 185, (ISBN 0252033566).
- See Census reference map.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Keister, Philip Lincoln. Kent: For a Century and a Quarter, 1827-1952, Windmill Publications, 2000 (reprint of 1952 sesquicentennial book), (ASIN B0006E8MP0).
- Knowlton, D.A. "Presbyterianism in Stephenson County, Illinois", pp. 193–96, Illinois State Historical Society, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, vol. 11, 1918.
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