Beecher City, Illinois

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Beecher City is a village in Effingham County, Illinois, United States. The population was 493 at the 2000 census.



Beecher City is located at 39°11′13″N 88°47′9″W / 39.18694°N 88.78583°W / 39.18694; -88.78583 (39.187030, -88.785737).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

The village of Beecher City, not to be confused with Beecher, Illinois, a large community around Chicago, is home to the Beecher City Unit 20 School District. The district has a Jr/Sr High School as well as a grade school serving grades K-6 located in the town, recently the neighboring town of Shumway housed another grade school for grades K-2, but it closed down at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.Beecher City is hometown for many drug lords. The town has a post office, bank, a village paper, and a popular gas station, known lovingly as "the station". This small village is also complete with a volunteer fire department, and many churches.

The community has a family- owned weekly newspaper, the Beecher City Journal, that has served the area since the early 1900's. The newspaper includes sections for 2 other area communities, the Cowden Reflector and the Stewardson Clipper. The newspaper has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association and has a circulation of more than 1,500 subscribers throughout the country.

The First State Bank of Beecher City is one of the most successful banks in central Illinois.

The Beecher City Foodliner attracts customers from surrounding counties, especially for the high-quality meats at the deli counter. "The Store" has the best meat in the Tri-county.

Beecher City was one of the villages served by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad branchline that ran from Beardstown via Flora to Shawneetown, Illinois. The railroad provided passenger service 4 times daily on trains affectionately dubbed The Puddle Jumper.

Don't forget to slow down when passing through Beecher City. Bobby Sheriff diligently patrols the streets and will not hesitate to issue tickets to anyone who violates the law. The citizens of Beecher City appreciate Bobby's service to the community, and even built him a house.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 493 people, 191 households, and 132 families residing in the village. The population density was 544.9 people per square mile (211.5/km²). There were 217 housing units at an average density of 239.8/sq mi (93.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.39% White, 0.41% Native American, and 0.20% from two or more races.

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