Merrimac, Illinois

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Merrimac
Unincorporated community
Name origin: Meramec River
Country United States
State Illinois
County Monroe
Precinct 15
Elevation 404 ft (123 m)
Coordinates 38°22′15″N 90°20′00″W / 38.37083°N 90.33333°W / 38.37083; -90.33333Coordinates: 38°22′15″N 90°20′00″W / 38.37083°N 90.33333°W / 38.37083; -90.33333
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62295
Area code 618
Location of Merrimac within Illinois
Location of Merrimac within Illinois

Merrimac, Illinois is a small unincorporated community in the historic Moredock Precinct of Monroe County, Illinois, United States. It is located in the American Bottoms, adjacent to the Mississippi River levee due south of that river's confluence with the Meramec. It takes its name from this river whose name was translated as 'Ugly Water' from Algonquian by French Jesuits in the area. However scholars of the language translate it as 'place of strong current', which would certainly seem consistent.