Towns in Carlinville Twp
Population in 1870
1875 Atlas Names
Carlinville - 1873 - Birdseye View (huge file)
The population for all of Carlinville Township in 1870 was 5,808.
towns in Carlinville Township are:
Carlinville Lat 391647N Long 0895254W
(Bethel) was a community about 10 miles east of Carlinville.
Carlinville, the county seat of Macoupin
County, was named after Senator Thomas Carlin who
in 1829 fought to form Macoupin County from
portions of Madison and Greene counties. The fight
to form the new county was waged against Peter
Cartwright who said that "God has set apart this
region as a reservation for geese and ducks."
From Illinois Place Names book, Carlinville established a Post Office 26 Feb 1830. Incorporated as a city 4 Mar 1837. RFD serves Anderson, Bierd, Clark, Comer, Davis, Enos, Hammann, Loveless, Moody, Rinaker, White City and Womac. Some of these names were just railroad "sidings" and did not have post offices.
The population of Carlinville in 1980 was 5,433 and, in 1990, the population was 5,416.
Macoupin County -
History of the County and Courthouse with pictures
Self-guided tours are now available of the Macoupin County Courthouse. The Carlinville Community Chamber of Commerce has recorded the tour on cassette(which takes 20 - 30 minutes) and provided Walkmans for individuals to take their own tours. The walkman and cassette are available in County Clerk Mike Mathis' office during regular business hours. A small deposit is collected, but fully refunded upon return of tape and recorder.
1869 Macoupin County Jail
Picture of the Veterans Memorial in Carlinville on the courthouse grounds courtesy Wayne and Marie Hinton
Bethel Holiness Orphanage
Carlinville - Parade on the square 15 Aug 1945 for VJ Day.
Tunnels In and Around Carlinville - research done by Frank R. Masters
Bridge - Route-66 Deerfield Road - Investigation Report by Frank R. Masters
Stage Coach Inn - courtesy Don Eichen & Frank R. Masters
Standard Addition - The Homes That Sears Built
1859 Macoupin County Fair Reminisced in Newspaper Story donated by Sue McMurry
Carlinville Public Library
Many Carlinville Names in this old poem "Around the Square in Eighteen Ninety Six" contributed for use by Mary McKenzie.
John Woodson donated land near Gillespie to Blackburn College - article contributed by Larry Clark
Harris Law School - Just a Dream - contributed by Cindy LeMons
Jarrot and Samuel Dugger contributed by Lee Waters and Helen Pockrus
Great-Grandfather Gets Arrested Riding His Horse Too Fast shared by Brenda Hersch
Personal Recollections of the Early Settlement of Carlinville, Illinois article contributed by Mary Ann Stewart Kaylor
Ed Trover - Recollections in 1905 of people and places in Carlinville - contributed by M Trover
1870 Letter from Ed Trover of Carlinville to Frank and Elizabeth Trover Russell - contributed by M Trover
SEAMAN RODGERS, One of Our Well-known Citizens,
Remembers Hearing Lincoln and Douglas in Their
Speeches in 1858 - Owns Printed Confession of Aaron
Lester Kahl was probably the last person hung in Carlinville - 1924
Carlinville Online - local news, recent obituary listing, movies showing at the Marvel, etc.
Macoupin County Historical Society Events
Blackburn College home page
Beaver Dam State Park is in Polk Township - seven miles southwest of Carlinville.
Beaver Dam State Park History by James H. Frank
Visit the Park - Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Historical Society Activity Dates
Spring Festival end of May
Road Show (antiques appraisals) September
Fall Festival September
IVBA Hammer-in (blacksmiths) November
Christmas Show December
Directions: 920 Breckenridge St., Carlinville, Ill. On the north end/side of Carlinville on route #4, the only stop light in town is at Hardee's; go west at the stoplight, then just cross the rr tracks and make a right, keep on truckin' and you should see a sign to the museum grounds.
Spring and Fall Festivals are hosted by
Macoupin County Historical Society, Macoupin Antique Machinery Assoc., Illinois Valley Blacksmith Assoc. and held on the Macoupin County Historical Society Museum grounds on Breckenridge Street, Carlinville, IL.
With a flea and craft market, toy show, entertainment and daily demonstrations. Lots of good food. Free parking and admission.
Free Parking and Admissions
Featuring: Wedding Gowns of Old in the Museum, Massey-Harris Tractors,
Large Craft and Flea Market, Demonstrations, Daily Entertainment
Spring and Fall Festivals includes over 100 craft booths with all kinds of things for sale, food in the Red Barn and at other booths, live entertainment, Museum/House tours, etc. It's a wonderful Festival and one of the Society's means of support, and so well-worth coming and buying things. There are two Carlinville motels, the CarlinVilla and one with new owners with a new name something like Sleepy Time Motel, and both are at the South edge of Carlinville along Route 4 where it turns South at the edge of town. There is also a Holiday Inn along I-55 at the Carlinville, Route 108, exit, but it's a 10-mile ride or so West to Carlinville.
contributed by Lee Waters
The early Carlinville newspaper, The Macoupin Statesman, was established by Samuel Dugger. He was the son of Jarrot Dugger and Polly McAdams who came from Madison County to Carlinville in 1833. Jarrot established the first orchard and the first Sunday School. In 1844, he was the proprietor of one of the four or five stores about the square and served as County Commissioner.
contributed by Helene Pockrus
Contact Helene for more information from the book "Earth Horizon."
!Quoted from "Earth Horizon" autobiography of Mary Austin, pub. 1932, pg 13: 'There was also the traditional assurance that the American Daguerres were collaterals of the distinguished French chemist, Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype. The relationship, though without any authentication, is borne out by a marked family resemblance.'
!Earth Horizon also states on page 13: "Of Jarrot,
eldest son of Pierre, who by the time he comes into
the story was spelling his name Dugger, there is,
apart from the history of the family, not much to
say. He married Polly McAdams in Sumner County in
1811, and shortly afterward enlisted for the War of
1812. In 1818, on the admission of Illinois to
statehood, the two brothers John and Wesley, with
their families, moved to Madison County, and in the
1820's Jarrot and Polly followed, settling in
Carlinville (Madison Co.) in 1833. Jarrot planted
the first orchard and organized the first Sunday
School. the frame house which he built on the site
of the earlier log cabin still stands, the fields
that he cleared and fenced still produce. In 1844 he
was the proprietor of one of the four or five stores
about the square, and served acceptably for several
terms as County Commissioner. There were Duggers in
the Black Hawk War, which was not properly a war,
but merely a concentrated incident of pioneer life
in communities in which a youth was counted a man as
soon as he could shoot straight and grow a beard."
My story begins on February 23, 1905. It was the day of my great-grandparents auction sale and the day of my grandfather's birth. As the story goes my great-grandmother went into labor during the sale and as my great-grandfather raced to town, on the horse to fetch the doctor, he was arrested. His crime was going too fast down the main street of Carlinville.I don't know what happened after that but evidently Mary did fine as my grandpa, Ed, lived to the age of 77. I hope to someday see Carlinville for myself.
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