May Township, Christian County, Illinois

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May Township
Township
Location in Christian County
Location in Christian County
Christian County's location in Illinois
Christian County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 39°33′54″N 89°11′35″W / 39.56500°N 89.19306°W / 39.56500; -89.19306Coordinates: 39°33′54″N 89°11′35″W / 39.56500°N 89.19306°W / 39.56500; -89.19306
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Christian
Established November 7, 1865
Area
 • Total 36.41 sq mi (94.3 km2)
 • Land 36.34 sq mi (94.1 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.19%
Elevation 607 ft (185 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,581
 • Density 43.5/sq mi (16.8/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 62510, 62567, 62568
GNIS feature ID 0429342

May Township is one of seventeen townships in Christian County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 1,581 and it contained 668 housing units.[1]

History[edit]

May Township was established November 7, 1865,[2] as Smith Township, but was later changed to Howard, then Penn, and finally to May. References as to when the name changes happened have been lost.[3] It was named in honor of Colonel Charles May, of the artillery arm of the service in the Mexican-American War.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 36.41 square miles (94.3 km2), of which 36.34 square miles (94.1 km2) (or 99.81%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 0.19%) is water.[1]

The highest point in May Township is located approximately 20 feet south of the centerline of County Road 1600 North, at roughly 1816 East (.16 miles East of 1800 North Road, a/k/a Christian County Highway #7).

The May Township Road Department Office

Cities, towns, villages[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Cemeteries[edit]

The township contains these four cemeteries: Fraley, Harris Number 2, Long and Tanner.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • Anselm Landing Strip

School districts[edit]

  • Central A & M Community Unit School District 21
  • Taylorville Community Unit School District 3

Political districts[edit]

  • State House District 87
  • State House District 98
  • State Senate District 44
  • State Senate District 49

References[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. ^ http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/NameIndexLocalGovernmentsServlet
  3. ^ Christian County Fact Sheet Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ May Township history

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