Hardin county was formed in 1839 out of parts of Gallatin County and Pope County. It is located near the southeastern tip of Illinois on the Ohio River.
The first three organized townships, by virtue of their militia, were Cave-in-Rock, Elizabethtown (the current county seat) and Rosiclare (no longer on the map). Cave-in-Rock was the hangout for such outlaws as Logan Belt, Duff the Counterfeiter, Samuel Mason, Colonel Plug and the Sturdivant Gang.
Battery Rock, an 80-foot high sandstone bluff rising above the Ohio, was a strategic location during the Civil War owing to the presence of sandbars in the river which caused boats to veer toward the bluffs.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 4,907, a decrease of 282 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:
(Mt. Carroll) Carroll County
(elizabtt) Hardin County
(Galena) Jo Daviess County
(Dixon) Lee County
(Oregon) Ogle County
(Freeport) Stephenson County
06/24 Coming to The elizabtt area
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Marion Arts Festival Marion IA May18 the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Dubuque IA May17-19 DubuqueFest's juried fine art fair features the work of over 70 artists and artisans from throughout the region offering the very best in fine art and fine craft. Meet the artists, learn about their process, and invest in hand-crafted pieces.
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.
Rhubarb Festival Lanesboro MN June1 Taste such delicious rhubarb delights as pies, crisps, cakes, soups, chutneys, chili, jams, ketchup, leathers, drinks and more. Be the judge of the best of everything rhubarb. After tasting your favorites, vote. Winners of Peoples Choice Awards win great prizes!