Parrish, Illinois

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Parrish, Illinois
Parrish, Illinois is located in Illinois
Parrish, Illinois
Parrish, Illinois
Parrish, Illinois is located in the United States
Parrish, Illinois
Parrish, Illinois
Coordinates: 37°56′29″N 88°48′46″W / 37.94139°N 88.81278°W / 37.94139; -88.81278Coordinates: 37°56′29″N 88°48′46″W / 37.94139°N 88.81278°W / 37.94139; -88.81278
CountryUnited States
440 ft (130 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code618
GNIS feature ID415418[1]

Parrish is an unincorporated community in Cave Township, Franklin County, Illinois, United States. The community is located near Illinois Route 34 3.2 miles (5.1 km) west-northwest of Thompsonville.[2]


Once a larger town, Parrish was destroyed by the Tri-State Tornado in 1925. The town, which consisted of roughly 250 residents and 40 buildings at the time, suffered a 27% casualty rate and lost all but three of its buildings: one house, the Primitive Methodist Church, and the Parrish School. As the tornado destroyed all of the town's means of outside communication, the disaster was only discovered by a passing Illinois Central train, which returned to Thompsonville to notify the surrounding towns. Much of the town's surviving population moved away following the tornado, and the town never rebuilt its infrastructure; it is now a dispersed rural community.[3]


  1. ^ "Parrish". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ Franklin County General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Illinois Department of Transportation. May 29, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Partlow, Geoff (July 25, 2014). America's Deadliest Twister: The Tri-State Tornado of 1925. SIU Press. pp. 73–76. ISBN 9780809333462.