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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
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 in 1853.
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", ©190
1, transcribed by K. T.)
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. T.)
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,
Evans, Fogarty, Hartsburg, Lake Fork, Latham,
Lawndale, Lincoln, Lucas, Middletown,
Mount Joy, Mount Pulaski, Narita,
New Holland, San
Jose, Skelton, Union
Burton View & Chesterville (Stations)
Towns Laid Out, Since Vacated
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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