Allendale, Illinois

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Allendale is a village in Wabash Precinct, Wabash County, Illinois. The population was 528 at the 2000 census[1].



The original location of Allendale was Timberville, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) South of the current location. When the railroad was to come through the region, the town was moved to its current location to be on the railroad. This is where the town got the name Allendale, named after a railroad man named Allen. Allendale is home to the First National Bank of Allendale, the oldest bank in the county, and the only bank in the county that survived the Great Depression.[citation needed]

1989 tornado

On January 7, 1989 an F4 tornado leveled a good portion of the town of Allendale and injured 55 of its residents.[2][3] The tornado directly impacted Allendale's school, destroying the grade school portion, built in the 1960s. Ironically, the high school portion, built in the late 1920s, withstood the storm with minimal damage, despite being condemned two years earlier due to lobbying by Mt. Carmel's District 348 in an attempt to usurp District 17. Relief funds paid to build a brand new school to be used by the elementary and middle school students of District 17.[citation needed]


Allendale is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Patton and 1.75 miles (2.82 km) east-northeast of Adams Corner at 38°31′43″N 87°42′35″W / 38.52861°N 87.70972°W / 38.52861; -87.70972 (38.528524, -87.709811).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 528 people, 192 households, and 142 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,755.5 people per square mile (679.5/km²). There were 205 housing units at an average density of 681.6/sq mi (263.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.92% White, 0.76% African American, 0.95% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

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