Place:Freeman Spur, Franklin, Illinois, United States

NameFreeman Spur
Alt namesFreeman
Possum Ridge
Coordinates37.86°N 89°W
Located inFranklin, Illinois, United States
See alsoFreeman Spur, Williamson, Illinois, United StatesLocated on county line

The village of Freeman Spur straddles the county line between Franklin County and Williamson County and as such is located in both counties. The Freeman Cemetery is located across the street from the post office, on a slightly elevated area surrounded by a cornfield.



Freeman Cemetery, Freeman Spur, Illinois
Freeman Cemetery, Freeman Spur, Illinois

A United States post office was established here in 1931 and is still active. The original name of the post office was Freemanspur. The village was formed by a combination of places: Dell'Era, Dillard, Franklin and Freeman (the railroad name). It was formerly known as Possum Ridge.
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroadas well as the Illinois Central Railroad passed through Freeman Spur.[1]

Freeman Spur was built around a coal mine. The term "spur" refers to the railroad spur that connected the mine with the main railroad line for shipping coal.

Miners' Homes, Freeman Spur, Jan 1939
Miners' Homes, Freeman Spur, Jan 1939


  1. Adams, James N.(1969). Illinois Place Names, p 368. Illinois State Historical Society: Springfield, Illinois.

External Links

  • More photos of Freeman Spur related to coal mining from "America from the Great Depression to WWII" in the Libaray of Congress.


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