Place:Wabash, Illinois, United States

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NameWabash
Alt namesWabashsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates38.45°N 87.85°W
Located inIllinois, United States     (1824 - )
See alsoEdwards, Illinois, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Wabash County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois, in the southern portion known locally as "Little Egypt". According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 11,947, which is a decrease of 7.7% from 12,937 in 2000. Its county seat is Mount Carmel.

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History

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Wabash County was formed in 1824 out of Edwards County, after an armed confrontation between the militias of Albion and Mt. Carmel after the county seat was moved from a town near the current city of Mount Carmel to Albion.

The County is named for the Wabash River, which forms its eastern and southern borders. The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the French name for the river, "Ouabache." French traders named the river after the Miami Indian word for the river, "Wabashike," (pronounced "Wah-bah-she-keh"), the word for "pure white." Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.


A remnant of the county's original Eastern Woodlands ecosystem can be found in the Forest of the Wabash located within the county's Beall Woods State Park.

In the 1920s there existed a famous hotel and resort that existed in Wabash County nearby the Grand Rapids Dam on the Wabash River. The hotel was named the Grand Rapids Hotel and was owned by Frederick Hinde Zimmerman. During the hotel's nine year existence it catered to individuals from all over the United States. In July 2011, John Matthew Nolan wrote a detailed history of the Grand Rapids Hotel.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1824 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1830 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1851 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1877 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 2,710
1840 4,240
1850 4,690
1860 7,313
1870 8,841
1880 9,945
1890 11,866
1900 12,583
1910 14,913
1920 14,034
1930 13,197
1940 13,724
1950 14,651
1960 14,047
1970 12,841
1980 13,713
1990 13,111

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Wabash County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, naturalizations, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.rootsweb.com/~ilwabash/


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