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Massac county was created in 1843 from parts of Pope County. It is located at the southern tip of Illinois on the banks of the Ohio River. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the Shawnee National Forest which spills across the county's eastern line.

The county is named after Fort Massac, a variation of a French surname, Massiac. Fort Massac State Park, southeast of Metropolis (the county seat), is Illinois' oldest state park. It features a replica of the original fort which was built in 1794.

Metropolis is the "Home of Superman" and a festival celebrating the cartoon/TV series/cinematic hero is held every year in the first part of June.

The county population on July 1, 1999, was 15,414, an increase of 662 over the 1990 census.

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

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Location: Metropolis Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Cairo) Alexander County
(Vienna) Johnson County
(Metropolis) Massac County
(Golconda) Pope County
(Mound City) Pulaski County
(Jonesboro) Union County

12/01 Coming to The Metropolis area
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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.
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.
World Music and Food Festival Nashville TN July19-21 Various live artists, cultural dancers and comedians... plus vendors! It will be a festival of celebration and cultural extravaganza!