Macomb is located in western Illinois in McDonough County
(of which it is the county seat) southwest of Galesburg
along U.S. Highway 136 east of the LaMoine River
. It was established in 1830 and is named in honor of a War of 1812 hero.
Macomb is home to Western Illinois University which was founded in 1899. The St Louis Rams of the National Football League conduct their 3-week pre-season training camp on the campus beginning in late July.
Points of interest: Macomb and McDonough County have a number of historically significant barns including an unusual "True-Round" and variations of the "Crossgable"-style of barn and is unique to the area.
Argyle Lake State Park provides 1,700 acres of recreational oppportunities for park visitors including boating and fishing on 93-acre Argyle Lake. In addition, golfers will want to challenge Harry Mussatto Golf Course.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 17,778, a decrease of 2,174 since 1990.