Coles county was created in 1830 from part of Clark County
and later contributed land to Cumberland County
and Douglas County
. It is named in honor of Edward Coles, the second Governor of Illinois. The area was first settled by immigrants from Crawford
The first Courthouse was built in Charleston, the county seat, in 1831 out of hewn logs and floored with sawdust with wood benches provided for seating. A brick structure was erected in 1835 for more permanent usage.
Eastern Illinois University calls Coles county home. The school is located in Charleston. Lake Land College in Mattoon also serves the county's educational needs.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 51,806, an increase of 162 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:
(Marshall) Clark County
(Charleston) Coles County
(Robinson) Crawford County
(Toledo) Cumberland County
(Tuscola) Douglas County
(Paris) Edgar County
12/15 Coming to The Charleston area
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Bloomington IN May10 The annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival celebrates the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from cultures around the world.
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.