Oakley, Illinois

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Oakley, Illinois
Unincorporated community
Oakley, Illinois is located in Illinois
Oakley, Illinois
Oakley, Illinois
Oakley, Illinois is located in the US
Oakley, Illinois
Oakley, Illinois
Coordinates: 39°52′34″N 88°48′21″W / 39.87611°N 88.80583°W / 39.87611; -88.80583Coordinates: 39°52′34″N 88°48′21″W / 39.87611°N 88.80583°W / 39.87611; -88.80583
Country United States
State Illinois
County Macon
Founded by William H Rea
Elevation 682 ft (208 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 217
GNIS feature ID 414910[1]

Oakley is an unincorporated community in Oakley Township, Macon County, Illinois, United States.[2] Oakley is located along the Norfolk Southern Railway, 8 miles (13 km) east-northeast of Decatur. While now a sleepy, rural community with no commercial district, the town once featured two stores, a blacksmith shop, passenger rail station, school, church, lighted baseball field, and post office.[3] The church and post office are still standing, but are used for residential purposes.[3] The Oakley Township Shed serves the surrounding Oakley Township. Clarkson Grain operates a grain elevator in the village.

History[edit]

The Village of Oakley was laid out in 1856 by William Rea following the laying of the first rails through the village in 1855.[3]

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