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County Seat: Marion
Largest city: Marion
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Town Square and County Courthouse
Marion Illinois, 1910
Williamson County was formed out of Franklin County on February 28, 1839,
and was named for Williamson County, Tennessee
Williamson County is often referred to as "Bloody Williamson" due to several outbreaks of violence thoughout
The Bloody Vendetta, 1876
The Carterville Massacre, 1899
Coal Strike, 1906
The Herrin Massacre, 1922
The Klan War, 1924–1926
The Birger/Shelton Gang War, 1926
Williamson County, Illinois once produced 11,000,000 tons of coal a year and led the state in output. By 1923,
output had steadily declined to less than 2,000,000 tons. At one time sixteen mine whistles blowing to work could
be heard from the center of Herrin. By January of 1939, only two mines were working and were soon abandoned.
Cities and Villages
Bush * Cambria * Carterville * Colp * Crainville * Creal Springs * Energy * Herrin
Hurst * Johnston City * Marion * Pittsburg *
Spillertown * Whiteash
Corinth * Crab Orchard * Crenshaw * Dewmaine * Dykersburg * Lake of Egypt * No. 9 * Paulton * Pulley's Mill
Chamness * Clifford * Dewmaine * Halfway * Halfway (Little Juarez)
Blairsville * Carterville * Corinth * Crab Orchard * Creal Springs * East Marion
* Lake Creek * Southern * Stonefort * West Marion
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