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Named for Dr. John Logan, a pioneer physician who emigrated to the United States from Ireland. He was an Illinois
State Representative and the father of General John Alexander Logan.
The county was established on February 15, 1839. Prior to this, the county was part of Sangamon, Tazwell, McLean
and DeWitt counties. The county seat of Logan County is Lincoln, which was the first city named for Abraham Lincoln
LOGAN COUNTY- situated in the central part of the
State, and having an area of about 620 square miles. Its surface is chiefly a level or moderately undulating prairie,
with some high ridges, as at Elkhart. Its soil is extremely fertile and well drained by numerous creeks. Coal-mining
is successfully carried on. The other staple products are corn, wheat, oats, hay, cattle and pork. Settlers began
to locate in 1819-22, and the county was organized in 1839, being originally cut off from Sangamon. In 1840, a
portion of Tazewell was added and, in 1845, a part of De Witt County. It was named in honor of Dr. John Logan,
father of Senator John A. Logan. Postville was the first county-seat, but in 1847, a change was made to Mount Pulaski,
and later, to Lincoln, which is the present capital. Population (1890) 25,489; (1900), 28,680. ("Historical
Encyclopedia of Illinois", ©1901, transcribed by K. Torp)
MOUNT PULASKI, a village and railroad junction in
Logan County, 21 miles northwest of Decatur and 24 miles northeast of Springfield. Agriculture, coal-mining and
stock-raising are leading industries. It is also an important shipping point for grain, and contains several elevators
and flouring mills. Population (1880), 1,125; (1890), 1,357; (1900), 1,643.
("Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", ©1901, transcribed by K. Torp)
Towns and Cities of Logan County
Aetna, Atlanta, Broadwell,Chester, Corwin, East Lincoln,Elkhart,
Eminence,Hurlbut,Laenna, Lake Fork, Mt Pulaski, Oran, Orvil, Prarie Creek, Sheridan and West Lincoln
Communities and Towns
Atlanta, Bakerville, Beason, Bell, Bethel, Broadwell, Burtonview, Chestervale, Chestnut, Cornland, Elkhart, Emden,
Evans, Fogarty, Hartsburg, Lake Fork, Latham, Lawndale, Lincoln, Lucas, Middletown, Mount Joy, Mount Pulaski, Narita,
New Holland, San Jose, Skelton, Union
Logan County Courthouse
P. O. Box 278
Lincoln, IL 62656
County Clerk (217) 732-4148
Circuit Clerk (217) 735-2376
Recorder (217) 732-4148
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5500
Normal, IL 61790-5500
Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society
114 N. Chicago Street
Lincoln, IL 62656
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