White Heath, Illinois

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White Heath
CDP
White Heath Illinois Post Office.jpg
White Heath Post Office
Country United States
State Illinois
County Piatt
Elevation 698 ft (212.8 m)
Coordinates 40°05′10″N 88°30′46″W / 40.08611°N 88.51278°W / 40.08611; -88.51278Coordinates: 40°05′10″N 88°30′46″W / 40.08611°N 88.51278°W / 40.08611; -88.51278
Area 0.347 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 - land 0.347 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 290 (2010)
Density 835.7/sq mi (322.7/km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 61884
Area code 217
Location of White Heath within Illinois
Map of USA IL.svg
Location of Illinois in the United States

White Heath is an unincorporated census-designated place in Piatt County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 290.[1]

Geography[edit]

White Heath is located at 40°05′10″N 088°30′46″W / 40.08611°N 88.51278°W / 40.08611; -88.51278 (40.0861442, -88.5128395).[2] It is located in Sangamon Township.

History[edit]

A plaque in the community center states that the area was settled by a Mr. White and a Mr. Heath. There is one school, White Heath Elementary School. Their mascot (when a junior high school and had sports) was a Warrior. The school is now part of Monticello Community District School #25.

White Heath, located about 15 miles west of Champaign, IL, was platted in 1872 by James Deland at the junction point of two pioneer railroads that were constructing through the area - the Monticello Railroad (Champaign-Monticello-Decatur) and the Havana, Mason City, Lincoln & Eastern Ry through the named towns. Mr. Deland was an incorporator of the H,MC, L & E and owned property at the junction point. Being a railroad junction, it was expected White Heath could develop into a major town, but when this failed to materialize, Mr. Deland sold his land interests in the town. The two pioneer railroads were later consolidated and the lines eventually became part of the Illinois Central.[citation needed]

The Monticello Railway Museum purchased 7 miles of the former Illinois Central Decatur and Havana District branch lines between Monticello and White Heath in July 1987. White Heath is located at the northern end of the Museum's purchase. The trackage arrangement in White Heath forms a complete "wye" which can be used to turn trains. The depot, built in 1942 to replace an earlier structure, is still standing although it is owned by a local resident and not the Museum. It is unused at present. The Decatur District (MRyM's "Central District") has been refurbished for operation at 10mph to White Heath and is occasionally used for the Museum's "Railroad Days" event on the third weekend of September every year. At the present time, privately-owned freight cars are stored on the north 2 miles of the Museum's trackage into White Heath as a fundraiser. When the track is completely refurbished, Museum trains may enter White Heath and use the Wye.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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