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Place Names of Illinois

Place Names of Illinois

EDWARD CALLARY
Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 456
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/j.ctt1xcr3c
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    Place Names of Illinois
    Book Description:

    This comprehensive guide illuminates how the history and culture of Illinois are embedded in the names of its towns, cities, and other geographical features. Edward Callary unearths the origins of names of nearly three thousand Illinois communities and the circumstances surrounding their naming and renaming._x000B__x000B_Organized alphabetically, the entries are concise, engaging, and full of fascinating detail revealing the rich ethnic history of the state, the impact of industrialization and the coming of the railroads, and insight into local politics and personalities. Many entries concern the names of currently populated places, providing information on local pronunciation, the names etymology, and the communitys location, all set in historical and cultural context. The volume also introduces natural and constructed points of interest such as lakes and airports whose names reflect aspects of the states history. A general introduction locates Illinois place names in the context of general patterns of place naming in the United States._x000B__x000B_An extremely useful reference for scholars of American history, geography, language, and culture, Place Names of Illinois also offers intriguing browsing material for the inquisitive reader and the curious traveler.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09070-7
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xv-xviii)

    As of April 7, 2008, the database of the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) contained slightly over sixty-two thousand geographic names (place names) for Illinois, and of these just over five thousand were the names of populated places.¹ This number is but a fraction (probably fewer than 20 percent) of all current Illinois names and an even smaller fraction of all Illinois names if we include those which have disappeared from the landscape and those which never appeared on maps or were otherwise documented. Natural questions concern the origins of the names, who chose the names, and—most interesting but...

  6. WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK
    (pp. xix-xix)
  7. A NOTE ON RAILROAD NAMES
    (pp. xx-xx)
  8. A NOTE ON POPULAR ETYMOLOGY
    (pp. xxi-xxi)
  9. A NOTE ON SOURCES
    (pp. xxii-xxiv)
  10. THE FORM OF ENTRIES
    (pp. xxv-xxv)
  11. A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
    (pp. xxvi-xxviii)
  12. PLACE NAMES OF ILLINOIS
    (pp. 1-388)

    Abingdon [A bing duhn]. Knox. City (1857, 1920) eight miles south of Galesburg. Founded in 1836 by Abraham D. Swartz and named for his former home, Abingdon, in Harford County, Md., itself named for Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (Perry,History of Knox County, 419). Post office established June 30, 1837, as Oregon; changed to Hartford Aug. 12, 1839; changed to Abingdon May 12, 1852.

    Absher. Williamson. Nine miles west-southwest of Harrisburg. Alternate name for Dykersburg. Named for William A. Absher, the first postmaster (Adams, comp.,Illinois Place Names; Hubbs,Pioneer Folks and Places). Post office established July 27, 1892.

    Adair. McDonough....

  13. NAMES OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN
    (pp. 389-390)
  14. NOTES
    (pp. 391-392)
  15. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 393-425)
  16. Back Matter
    (pp. 426-426)