Sangamon county is located in almost the exact center of Illinois, about 200 miles southwest of Chicago
and 100 miles northeast of St Louis
. It was established in 1821.
The county seat is Springfield which is also the State Capital and the area abounds in Lincolnesque memorabilia in honor of the famed President, Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Ledger is the oldest bank in Illinois and the future President made his first deposit of $310 there in 1853.
The University of Illinois at Springfield is located here along with many other 2- and 4-year institutions.
On a nostalgic note, historic Route 66 passes through Springfield on its way to Santa Monica, CA.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 191,306, an increase of 12,920 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
(Clinton) De Witt County
(Carrollton) Greene County
(Lincoln) Logan County
(Decatur) Macon County
10/16 Coming to The Springfield 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.