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County History

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 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", 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
Skelton, Burton View & Chesterville (Stations)
Towns Laid Out, Since Vacated

Logan County Data

Church Histories / Records
County Records
Family Bibles and Data
Historical Info
Military Records
Miscellaneous Data
Newspaper Data
Obituaries & Deaths
School Records
Wills/Probate Records
Website Updates:
Feb 2015: obit for REEVE
Jan 2015:
Obituaries & Deaths: Tennessee Dunlap
Directories: Lake Fork Township, Biographical Directory
Biographies: Lake Fork Township, Biographical Directory
Wills/Probate Records: 1911-12 Heirship Records
Directories: Hurlbut Township, Biographical Directory
Biographies: Hurlbut Township, Biographical Directory
Historical Info: Railroads - Cities, Stations & Villages On What Railroads
Schools: 1887 Teachers Directory
Directories: 1887 Teachers Directory
Obituaries & Deaths: Jane Stall
Newspaper Data: Military News - Mrs. Elizabeth Morris
Military Records: Mrs. Elizabeth Morris
Communities and Towns: Atlanta; Mount Pulaski;
Newspaper Histories: Newspaper Histories - Atlanta, the Press; Mount Pulaski Newspapers
Schools: Atlanta Early Schools; Lincoln University; Mt. Pulaska Early Education
Church Histories / Records: Atlanta Early Churches; Mt. Pulaski Early Churches
Miscellaneous Data: Societies & Organizations - Early Atlanta Societies
Directories: Added 1878 Atlanta Business Directory
Miscellaneous Data: Bridges; Canals; Creeks, Rivers & Streams; Dams, Lakes & Reservoirs; Parks
Church Histories / Records: Church List; A. M. E. Church; Baptist Church (Colored); Baptist Society; Christian Church; Congregationalist Church; Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Evangelical Church (St. John's); German & Irish Catholic Churches; German Evangelical Lutheran Church; Methodist Episcopal; Protestant Episcopal Church (Trinity Church); Protestant Methodist Church; Universalist Church
School Records: School List
Newspaper Data: Newspaper Histories - Intelligencer; Lincoln Herald; Logan County Bee; Sharp's Weekly Statesman
Communities and Towns: Beason; Broadwell; Chestnut; Cornland; Elkhart; Emden; Hartsburg; Latham; Lawndale; Middletown; New Holland; San Jose


Helpful Addresses

Logan County Courthouse
P. O. Box 278
Lincoln, IL 62656

County Clerk (217) 732-4148
Circuit Clerk (217) 735-2376
Recorder (217) 732-4148

IRAD Depository

Williams Hall
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5500
Normal, IL 61790-5500
(309) 452-6027

Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society
114 N. Chicago Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

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