Villa Ridge, Illinois

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Villa Ridge, Illinois
Unincorporated community
Park in Village Ridge
Park in Village Ridge
Villa Ridge, Illinois is located in Illinois
Villa Ridge, Illinois
Villa Ridge, Illinois
Villa Ridge, Illinois is located in the US
Villa Ridge, Illinois
Villa Ridge, Illinois
Coordinates: 37°09′31″N 89°11′41″W / 37.15861°N 89.19472°W / 37.15861; -89.19472Coordinates: 37°09′31″N 89°11′41″W / 37.15861°N 89.19472°W / 37.15861; -89.19472
Country United States
State Illinois
County Pulaski
Elevation 387 ft (118 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 62996
Area code(s) 618
GNIS feature ID 420315[1]

Villa Ridge is an unincorporated community in Pulaski County, Illinois, United States. Although it is unincorporated, Villa Ridge has a post office with ZIP code 62996.[2]

The town is located north of Mounds and was established in 1852 by the Illinois Central Railroad. An active rail line still runs through the town.

A post office was established in 1853 and named "Valley Forge"; it was changed to Villa Ridge in 1861.[3] The present name is after a farm of the same name near the original town site.[4]

Notable person[edit]

Villa Ridge is the birthplace of John Morton Eshleman, who served as Lieutenant Governor of California during 1915 and 1916.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ ZIP Code Lookup Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois. 
  4. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 42.