Christian county was founded in 1839 as Dane county and took its current name a year later through the influence of emigrants from a Kentucky county of the same name.
Historical buildings and places include Bee Castle in Taylorville (the county seat), the Louis Jehle House in Pana and Kitchell Park, also in Pana.
The park, created in 1886 and known as the Pana Fairgrounds, featured a half-mile horse-racing track and in 1906 Frank James, brother of outlaw Jesse James, acted as the starter.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 35,797, an increase of 1,379 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Virginia) Cass County
(Taylorville) Christian County
(Effingham) Effingham County
(Decatur) Macon County
(Carlinville) Macoupin County
(Hillsboro) Montgomery County
10/19 Coming to The Taylorville area
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.