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Henry county, named for Patrick Henry, the famous statesman and orator, was formed from parts of Fulton County in 1825. Later, Carroll County, Jo Daviess County, Knox County, Rock Island County, and Whiteside County would be spun off. The present-day boundaries were finally set in 1837.

The county is located in northwestern Illinois near the Quad Cities, one county removed from the Mississippi River.

The county seat is Cambridge and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 51,862, an increase of 703 over the 1990 census.

Bishop Hill, dubbed "Utopia on the Prairie", was founded in 1846 by Swedish religious dissenters including preacher Eric Janson. The town is named for Bishopskulla, Sweden.

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

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Location: Cambridge Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Princeton) Bureau County
(Oquawka) Henderson County
(Cambridge) Henry County
(Galesburg) Knox County
(Lacon) Marshall County
(Aledo) Mercer County

12/05 Coming to The Cambridge area
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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 .
West Chicago Blooming Fest West Chicago IL May18 The City of West Chicago presents another colorful Blooming Fest, an annual downtown garden festival. It combines the West Chicago Garden Club's popular plant sale, with a craft show, children's activities, music, food and fun. Downtown merchants and restaurants get into the act with special promotions, in-store specials and sidewalk sales.
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.