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Marion County Information

Founded in 1823, out of Jefferson and Fayette Counties.
It was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox".
The county seat is Salem, Illinois
Marion County, located near the center of the southern half of the state, with an area of 580 square miles; was organized in 1823, and by the census of 1900, had a population of 30,446. About half the county is prairie, the chief products being tobacco, wool and fruit. The remainder is timbered land. It is watered by the tributaries of the Kaskaskia and the Little Wabash Rivers. The bottom lands have a heavy growth of choice timber, and a deep, rich soil. A large portion of the county is underlaid with a thin vein of coal, and the rocks all belong to the upper coal measures. Sandstone and building sand are also abundant. Ample shipping facilities are afforded by the Illinois Central and the Baltimore & Ohio (S.W.) Railroads. Salem is the county seat, but Centralia is the largest and most important town, being a railroad junction and center of an extensive fruit trade. Sandoval is a thriving town at the junction of the Illinois Central and Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroads.
[Source: "Historical Encyclopeda of Illinois", 1901]

Cities and Villages
* Alma * Central City * Centralia (part, including downtown)
* Iuka * Junction City * Kell * Kinmundy * Odin
* Patoka * Salem * Sandoval * Vernon * Walnut Hill
Census Designated Places
* Cartter * Fairman * Finney Heights * Glen Ridge * Helm
* Slap Out * Suburban


Online Data














Marion County Residents in the Joliet Prison

Website Updates:
Jan 2015:  obit for ALLISON
Nov 2014:  bio for KELL;  Community news:  "Kell in the Depression"
Sep 2014:  Nov 1891 Gossip News; marriage announcement for LITTLETON-THOMAS
Feb 2014:  1883 Pensioners
Oct 2013:  burials in Elmwood Cemetery
Sep 2013:  McMILLAN death and burial info


Marion County Courthouse
Broadway (Rt.37) & Main St.
Salem, IL 62881-0637

Surrounding Counties
Fayette County
- north
Clay County
- east
Wayne County
- southeast
Jefferson County
- south
Washington County
- southwest
Clinton County
- west

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