Rossville, Illinois

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Welcome sign at the north edge of town, 2007
Welcome sign at the north edge of town, 2007
Location of Rossville in Vermilion County, Illinois.
Location of Rossville in Vermilion County, Illinois.
Rossville is located in Vermilion County, Illinois
Rossville's location in Vermilion County
Coordinates: 40°22′45″N 87°40′07″W / 40.37917°N 87.66861°W / 40.37917; -87.66861Coordinates: 40°22′45″N 87°40′07″W / 40.37917°N 87.66861°W / 40.37917; -87.66861
Country United States
State Illinois
TownshipGrant, Ross
Post office established1839
 • Total1.40 sq mi (3.62 km2)
 • Land1.40 sq mi (3.62 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
686 ft (209 m)
 • Total1,331
 • Estimate 
 • Density902.00/sq mi (348.37/km2)
ZIP code
Area code(s)217
FIPS code17-65962
WebsiteVillage Website

Rossville is a village in Ross Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,331.[2] It is part of the Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Downtown Rossville, 2007

The location was originally named Liggett's Grove in honor of John Liggett who built a lodging house in 1829. Liggett's cabin was located on the Hubbard Trail, an early trading route established by Gurdon Hubbard from Chicago to Danville. In 1833, this became the first state highway (now Illinois Route 1) and in 1914 was made part of the Dixie Highway.

In 1838, Alvan Gilbert purchased the Liggett farm, and the following year became postmaster at the newly established post office. Rossville was incorporated as a village in August 1859.[4][5] Rossville and Ross Township were named after Jacob Ross, a settler in the area.

In February 2004, a fire broke out in the downtown business district and destroyed several of the historic buildings and antique shops for which Rossville has been known.[6]


Rossville's coordinates are 40°22′50″N 87°40′7″W / 40.38056°N 87.66861°W / 40.38056; -87.66861 (40.380424, -87.668557).[7] According to the 2010 census, Rossville has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.63 km2), all land.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20181,235[3]−7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,217 people, 533 households, and 341 families residing in the village. The population density was 905.1 people per square mile (350.7/km²). There were 596 housing units at an average density of 443.2 per square mile (171.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.78% White, 0.25% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 533 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,442, and the median income for a family was $43,882. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $19,813 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,794. About 7.8% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Area attractions[edit]

Area attractions include the Rossville Historical Society Museum, the Rossville Railroad Depot Museum, Christman Park, and the Hubbard Trail Monument. South of Rossville are Historic Mann's Chapel (1857) and an original State Road Mile Marker from 1833.[10]

The Rossville Community Organization is active in hosting community events. These include; Free A-Train week in September, Drivin' The Dixie Days in June, and Christmas in the Village on the first weekend in December.

Rossville has hosted an annual truck and tractor pull event nine years running.[11][12] Held in Christman Park, there are typically three divisions for drivers to compete in including National Tractor Pull Association (NTPA), Illiana Pullers Association (IPA) and Local Classes.[12] NTPA classes are Grant National Super Stock Tractors, Light Pro Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors and Grand National Light Unlimited Modified Tractors.[12] IPA include Pro Farm Tractors, 2.6 Diesel Trucks, Farm Stock Tractors and N/A Tractors.[12] The tractor pull draws crowds and helps raise funds for FFA scholarships.[12]


Rossville is located at the intersection of Illinois Route 1 and County Road 14, about 7 miles south of Hoopeston and about 15 miles north of the county seat of Danville. A railroad operated by CSX Transportation passes through the east side of town.[13]

Notable persons[edit]

  • Daniel Huffman, who gained fame in 1996 after donating a kidney to his grandmother and who was the subject of the 1999 television movie, Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story.[14]
  • Michael Shane Tutwiler, EdD is a Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Tutwiler's research focuses on modeling student behavior in complex learning environments.[15] His work has appeared in numerous research journals including Computers & Education, Bioscience, and Contemporary Educational Psychology, as well as in the proceedings of various international conferences.[15]
  • William “Billy” Morts is a professional actor, stunt double, stunt performer, and stunt coordinator. He has an extensive filmography including many major motion picture movies and television programs. He is known for his stunt work on X-Men 2 (2003), The Avengers (2012) and Spider-Man (2002).[16] Morts worked as an actor in several films including The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999), Windtalkers (2002), Minority Report (2002), Aeon Flux (2005), and Iron Man 3 (2013).[16] From 1994-1997 he was a personal stunt double to Keanu Reeves and is a friend of Reeves'.[17] Similarly, he has worked as a stunt double to Christian Slater and is a personal friend.[17]
  • Michael Kinnett, award winning author of the Apalachicola Pearl and Apalachicola Gold novels. His historical fiction novels about a young girl during the civil war in a rural Florida sea town won the Florida Authors and Publishers silver and bronze medals in 2017.[18]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Jones, Lottie E. (1911). History of Vermilion County, Illinois (volume 1). Chicago, Illinois: Pioneer Publishing Company. pp. 223–224.
  5. ^ Stapp, Katherine; W. I. Bowman (1968). History Under Our Feet: The Story of Vermilion County, Illinois. Danville, Illinois: Interstate Printers and Publishers, Inc. p. 46.
  6. ^ "FreeLists: Rossville in Flames". Retrieved 2007-10-08.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  11. ^ "Illiana Pullers Association". Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Eighth annual Rossville Truck and Tractor Pull". Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  13. ^ "Illinois Railroad Map" (PDF). Illinois Department of Transportation. January 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
  14. ^ "Football-sacrificing kidney donor shot dead". USA Today. 2004-12-11. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  15. ^ a b "Michael Shane Tutwiler". Harvard Graduate School of Education. Retrieved 2015-11-22. External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ a b "William Morts - Filmography - Movies & TV -". Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  17. ^ a b "William Morts". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  18. ^ "2017 Book Awards Medalists | Florida Authors & Publishers Association". Florida Authors & Publishers Association. Retrieved 2017-08-10.

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