Place:Mahomet, Champaign, Illinois, United States

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NameMahomet
TypeVillage
Coordinates40.192°N 88.402°W
Located inChampaign, Illinois, United States
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Mahomet is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,258 at the 2010 census. Mahomet is located approximately ten miles west of Champaign at the junction of Interstate 74 and IL 47.

History

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The village of Mahomet was first settled in 1832 on the banks of the Sangamon River. It was the first community to be established in modern day Champaign County. The original village name was Middletown, because it was half-way between the towns of Danville and Bloomington. In 1871, the name of the village was changed to Mahomet because there was already another Middletown in Illinois, which was causing mail problems. Most early settlers came from Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania and chose to reside in Mahomet because there was abundant water from the Sangamon River and abundant trees. Currently, most residents commute to the city of Champaign to work, although the village has a thriving small business district.


The Illinois town's name derives from the "Mahomet Lodge," the local Masonic Lodge at the time the town was searching for a new name. Its use as the name of the lodge was a manifestation of the Freemasons' liberal use of religious names and stonemason tools and symbols. An alternative theory states that the name Mahomet was arbitrarily assigned when the conflicting names were noted by the US Postal Service.[1]

Although the unusual spelling, which is French for Mohammed, sometimes confuses newcomers, the pronunciation of Mahomet is muh-HOMM-it.

In 2007, the citizens of Mahomet voted to repeal the alcohol prohibition order that had been in place since World War II.

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