Place:Will, Illinois, United States

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Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. It is one of the five collar counties and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 677,560, which is an increase of 34.9% from 502,266 in 2000, making it one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The county seat of Will County is Joliet. The portion of Will County around Joliet uses the 815 and 779 area codes, 630 and 331 area code for far northern Will County, and 708 area code for eastern Will County.

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History

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Will County was formed in 1836 out of Cook and Iroquois. It was named after Dr. Conrad Will, a businessman involved in salt production in southern Illinois, and also a politician. (At that time, the law allowed slaves to be leased from other states and used in the free state of Illinois only for salt production.) Will was a member of the first Illinois Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature until his death in 1835. On January 12, 1836, Will County was formed from Cook County and Iroquois County. It included besides its present area, the part of Kankakee County, Illinois lying north of the Kankakee River. Will County lost that area when Kankakee County was organized in 1852, but since then its boundaries have been unchanged.

Historic Sites

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The following sites are on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Will County, Illinois:

Place Address City Date listed
Alternate Route 66, Wilmington to Joilet IL 53 between Wilmington and Joilet Joliet 2006-05-05
Briscoe Mounds Front Street Channahon 1978-12-22
Christ Episcopal Church 75 W. Van Buren St. Joliet 1982-08-12
Downtown Peotone Historic District Roughly N. First St. and both sides of N. Second St., roughly bounded by the alley S of Main and N by North St. Peotone 2005-11-16
Eagle Hotel 100-104 Water St. Wilmington 1994-02-16
Fitzpatrick House IL 53 Lockport 1984-02-09
Flanders House 405 W. Main St. Plainfield 1991-11-14
George, Ron, Round Barn NE of Romeoville off US 66 Romeoville 1982-12-07
Heck, John, House 1225 S. Hamilton St. Lockport 1994-08-16
Henry, Jacob H., House 20 S. Eastern Ave. Joliet 1979-05-14
Illinois and Michigan Canal . SW of Joliet on U.S. 6, in Channahon State Park Joliet 1966-10-15
Joliet YMCA 215 N. Ottawa St. Joliet 2006-02-09
Joliet East Side Historic District Roughly bounded by Washington and Union Sts., 4th and Eastern Aves. Joliet 1980-08-15
Joliet Municipal Airport 4000 W. Jefferson St. Joliet 1980-12-10
Joliet Steel Works 927 Collins St. Joliet 1991-02-28
Joliet Township High School 201 E. Jefferson St. Joliet 1982-08-12
Joliet, Louis, Hotel 22 E. Clinton St. Joliet 1990-02-09
Lockport Historic District Area between 7th and 11th Sts. and Canal and Washington Sts. Lockport 1975-05-12
McGovney-Yunker Farmstead 10824 LaPorte Rd. Mokena 2006-05-31
Milne, Robert, House 535 E. 7th St. Lockport 1979-12-17
Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge Ninth St. spanning Deep Run Creek Lockport 2004-08-20
Peotone Mill 433 W. Corning Ave. Peotone 1982-03-19
Plainfield Halfway House 503 Main St. Plainfield 1980-09-29
Rubens Rialto Square Theater 102 N. Chicago St. Joliet 1978-07-24
Scutt, Hiram B., Mansion 206 N Broadway Joliet 2003-02-05
Small-Towle House 515 County Rd. Wilmington 2004-05-12
Standard Oil Gasoline Station 600 W. Lockport St. Plainfield 1984-11-13
Stone Manor SE of Lockport Lockport 1980-11-26
U.S. Post Office 150 N. Scott St. Joliet 1981-08-20
Union Station 50 E. Jefferson St. Joliet 1978-08-01
Upper Bluff Historic District Roughly bounded by Taylor, Center and Campbell Sts. and Raynor Ave. Joliet 1991-06-05
Will County Historical Society Headquarters 803 S. State St. Lockport 1972-05-17

Timeline

Date Event Source
1835 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1836 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1836 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1836 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1837 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1877 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

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Census Year Population
1840 10,167
1850 16,703
1860 29,321
1870 43,013
1880 53,422
1890 62,007
1900 74,764
1910 84,371
1920 92,911
1930 110,732
1940 114,210
1950 134,336
1960 191,617
1970 249,498
1980 324,460
1990 357,313

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Will 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.willcountyillinois.com/


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