Clay county is located in the "Little Egypt" area of southern Illinois (Ed. note: Some restrict the definition of "Little Egypt" to the southern 17 counties; more liberal interpretations include the southernmost 34 counties). It lies between Marion County on the west and Richland County on the east.
The county was formed in 1824 from parts of Fayette County, Lawrence County and Wayne County and is named after the famed orator Henry Clay.
Historical sites in the county include the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Depot in Flora, the Clay County Jail in Louisville (the county seat) and Paine House (aka the Mr. & Mrs. J.I. Hosick Residence).
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 14,315, a decrease of 145 over the 1990 census.
The Little Wabash River is the only significant water source entering the county from the northwest and exits to the southeast on its way to the Wabash River.
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Greenville) Bond County
(Louisville) Clay County
(Carlyle) Clinton County
(Robinson) Crawford County
(Albion) Edwards County
(Effingham) Effingham County
10/03 Coming to The Louisville 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.
International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro KY May10-11 The Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue.
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
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.