Shirland, Illinois

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Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County Winnebago
Township Shirland
Elevation 738 ft (225 m)
Coordinates 42°26′40″N 89°11′51″W / 42.44444°N 89.19750°W / 42.44444; -89.19750Coordinates: 42°26′40″N 89°11′51″W / 42.44444°N 89.19750°W / 42.44444; -89.19750
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61079
Area code 815
Location of Shirland within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Shirland, Illinois

Shirland is an unincorporated community in Shirland Township, in Winnebago County, Illinois, and is located northwest of Rockford. It is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Shirland is a small unincorporated community 1.5 miles from Harrison, and 8.5 miles from Rockton. It is near the confluence of the Pecatonica and Sugar rivers.

It has a town hall, Methodist church, and a grade school. The grade school serves students from Kindergarten to eighth grade and is one of the four filter schools for Hononegah High. Shirland School's sports teams are known as the Warriors.


An earlier name for the area was Kepotah. The name was changed when the Shirland post office was established August 15, 1857.[1]



  1. ^ Adams, James N. (compiler) Illinois Place Names, p. 408, p. 506. (1969). Springfield, Ill: Illinois State Historical Society.

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