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DuPage County was formed in 1839 and was named for a well-known French trapper/trader. The earliest settlers were of English extraction followed by German immigrants.

A rather small county of only 334 square miles, it lies to the WNW of Cook County in northeastern Illinois.

The first "claim" in the area was made by immigrants from Maryland in 1825 near what is now Gros Point.

The County Museum is a stunning Richardsonian Romanesque stucture built in 1891.

The county seat is Wheaton and is home to Wheaton College. Wheaton is also noted as having the most churches-per-capita than any other town in the U.S.

The county population on July 1, 1999, was 892,547, an increase of 110,858 over the 1990 census.

For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.

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