The town of Hope is Township 31, Range 1. It is the southwestern town in the body of the county is all prairie, and was entirely neglected by the early settlers. Its northern portion forms part of the divide which separates the waters which flow northerly to the Vermillion and Illinois and those that flow west and southwest to the Illinois.
The head of Bailey's creek drains the northeastern portion of its surface, which runs to the Vermillion, but the larger portion is drained by the north branch of Sandy creek and its affluents, called Little Sandy, which runs west and southwest and empties into the Illinois near Henry.
[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Hope, 480 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]