Wasco, Illinois

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Wasco, Illinois
Former unincorporated community
Wasco is located in Illinois
Wasco
Wasco
Wasco is located in the United States
Wasco
Wasco
Coordinates: 41°56′17″N 88°24′16″W / 41.93806°N 88.40444°W / 41.93806; -88.40444Coordinates: 41°56′17″N 88°24′16″W / 41.93806°N 88.40444°W / 41.93806; -88.40444
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyKane
VillageCampton Hills
Elevation
820 ft (250 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
60183
Area code(s)630 & 331
GNIS feature ID420545[1]

Wasco is a former unincorporated community that became part of the village of Campton Hills, Illinois, when it was formed in 2007. Wasco is in Kane County, 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago. It has a post office (ZIP Code 60183),[2] a few restaurants, and an elementary school.[3] The community is located along Illinois Route 64 approximately 4 miles (6 km) west of St. Charles and is at the center of the village of Campton Hills. The area outside the downtown section is mostly residential homes, spanning several blocks.

History[edit]

Wasco was originally named "Campton", after an early family that settled the area.[4] The Wasco post office was originally built in 1836 by a lay preacher named Dr. King on King's Mill Road near Lake Campton. The post office was then moved to its present location on Illinois Route 64 in 1890. Throughout the years, the building has undergone multiple renovations and has served many different functions, including a milk depot, a general store, an antique store, and a repair shop. Other historic buildings in Wasco include the Campton Town Hall built in 1873, the Wasco Baptist Church built in 1891, and Wasco Elementary built in 1906.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  3. ^ Google Maps of Wasco Elementary School
  4. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Kathleen Judy (2007). "Wasco's History". Retrieved 2014-01-25.