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Mercer county was formed in 1825 from parts of Pike County. It is located in western Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River just northwest of Galesburg.

The county is named for Hugh Mercer who was a physician and General during the Revolutionary War. It was part of the "Military Tract" ceded to veterans of the War of 1812.

The county seat is Aledo and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 17,644, an increase of 354 over the 1990 census. Aledo's name was derived by drawing letters out of a hat until the first pronounceable word was formed.

One of the four Mark Twain NWRs along the Mississippi is located near Keithsburg.

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

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Location: Aledo Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Oquawka) Henderson County
(Cambridge) Henry County
(Galesburg) Knox County
(Aledo) Mercer County
(Rock Island) Rock Island County
(Toulon) Stark County

12/09 Coming to The Aledo 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 .
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Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
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.