Place:Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, United States

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NameDu Quoin
Alt namesDuquoin
TypeCity
Coordinates38.007°N 89.235°W
Located inPerry, Illinois, United States
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Du Quoin is a city in Perry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,448 at the 2000 census.

History

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DuQuoin was named after Chief Jean Baptiste Ducoigne of the Kaskaskia, an Illiniwek people, who were defeated by the Shawnee near here in 1802.

In the early 19th century, Du Quoin was near the Lusk's Ferry Road, an important early road that connected Kaskaskia with Lusk's Ferry on the Ohio River. The road ran easterly out of Steeleville to a point southwest of DuQuoin. There it turned to the southeast to cross the Big Muddy River and head for Lusk's Ferry.

The area east of Du Quoin is known as "Old Du Quoin." The City of Du Quoin was founded in 1853 as the people of what is now Old Du Quoin moved the town west to be able to use the Illinois Central Railroad lines that were being laid. The city government is a commission form of government with a mayor and four commissioners. As of 2012 the mayor of the city was John Rednour Sr. and the commissioners were Rex Duncan, Kathy West, Yvonne Spencer, and Josh Downs. Du Quoin is the largest community in Perry County.

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