Macoupin county was the 50th county to be created in Illinois, in 1829. It is located in central Illinois just to the south and west of Sangamon County
, the state capital.
The county was created from parts of Madison County and was later known as the "attached part of Greene County." The name of the county is taken from a Native American word meaning "white potato"--a wild artichoke that was abundant in the county.
When the current courthouse was completed in 1870 at a cost of $1.3 million, it stood taller than the Statehouse and was the largest courthouse in the U.S. outside of New York City.
The county seat is Carlinville, and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 49,020, an increase of 1,341 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:
(Greenville) Bond County
(Hardin) Calhoun County
(Taylorville) Christian County
(Vandalia) Fayette County
(Carrollton) Greene County
(Jerseyville) Jersey County
12/17 Coming to The Carlinville 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.
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.
Farmington Strawberry Festival Farmington IA June14-16 Crafts, antiques, collectibles, games, and food booths are just a few of the things you will find lining the streets of the downtown area on these three days in June.