Pike county is located in western Illinois along the banks of the Mississippi River
. It was created in 1821 and included all the land north of the Illinois River
, currently its eastern boundary with Greene County
and Scott County
. The final boundaries were set in 1825 after ceding most of its territory to other counties.
The county is named for Zebulon M. Pike, a General in the War of 1812 and one of the first explorers of the Louisiana Purchase.
The county lies just to the east of Hannibal, home of the famous American author and storyteller Mark Twain.
The county seat is Pittsfield and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 17,220, a decrease of 357 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:
(Quincy) Adams County
(Mt. Sterling) Brown County
(Hardin) Calhoun County
(Virginia) Cass County
(Carrollton) Greene County
(Jerseyville) Jersey County
11/13 Coming to The Pittsfield area
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 .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
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.
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.
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.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.