Created in 1812 from Randolph County
, Johnson county later gave rise to Alexander County
, Jackson County
, Johnson County
, Massac County
, Pope County
, Pulaski County
, Saline County
, Union County
and Williamson County
, either in whole or in part.
The county is named in honor of Col. Richard Mentor Johnson who was a native of Kentucky and a military hero in the War of 1812. He would later be elected Vice-President of the United States under Martin Van Buren, in 1837.
The county is located in southern Illinois with the northwest corner near the intersection of Interstate 57 and Interstate 24.
The county seat is Vienna and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 13,598, an increase of 2,251 over the 1990 census. The town is named for Vienna Reynolds, an early 1800's settler in the area.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Cairo) Alexander County
(Shawneetown) Gallatin County
(Murphysboro) Jackson County
(Vienna) Johnson County
(Metropolis) Massac County
(Golconda) Pope County
10/23 Coming to The Vienna area
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
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
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.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.