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Clark County is located in
It was originally part of the Northwest territory. The first pioneer
settlement was York, on the Wabash (Ouabache) River, before 1816. The
present county was formed out of Crawford County in 1819, just a short
time after Illinois became a state. At that time, the northern border
of Clark County ran all the way to what would become Wisconsin. The
County was named for George Rogers Clark, whose fame came mainly from
his exploits on the Illinois frontier during the Revolutionary War. The
first settlers came from Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Many were veteran
soldiers of the War of 1812. Settlement increased after the
construction of the National Road through the county. Clark County's
first County Seat was at Aurora, on the Wabash River. The County Seat
was moved to Darwin in 1823 when the good citizens of Aurora realized
that the River could flood higher than they could build. In 1839, a
county-wide election was held to decide on a new County Seat. The
contenders were Marshall, and Auburn. The tempers were high as the
voting day drew near and the tension grew. In spite of Auburn changing
its name to Clark Center, Marshall won the day and has been the County
Seat of Clark County ever since.
* Anderson * Auburn * Casey * Darwin * Dolson * Douglas * Johnson *
* Martinsville * Melrose * Orange * Parker * Wabash * Westfield * York
Cities and Towns
* Casey * Clarksville (uninc. town) * Marshall * Martinsville *
Westfield * West Union (uninc. town)
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