Byron, Illinois

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Byron is a city in Ogle County, Illinois, United States, probably best known as the location of the Byron Nuclear Generating Station, one of the last nuclear power plants commissioned in the United States. Byron is located in Byron Township, along the Rock River. The population was 2,917 at the 2000 census, and 3,865 in a census taken by the city itself in 2006.[1][2] The town bills itself as the "Gateway to the Rock River Valley".[3]



The city that is now Byron, was founded when a settler by the name of Jared Sanford rode through the area on his way from Galena to Midway.[4]


Byron is located in Byron Township. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 kmĀ²), all of it land. Byron's topography includes a natural prairie and the Rock River that passes through the town. It is generally flat and is ideal for farming in most regions.

Byron's average temperature in the spring tends to be 50-65 degrees with considerable rain. Summer tends to be 75-100 degrees with moderate humidity. Fall tends to be 35-65 degrees with leaves falling in mid-October. Winter tend to be cold, with temperatures averaging from freezing to ten or fifteen degrees below freezing in January.


The Byron Nuclear Generating Station, currently owned by Exelon Corporation, is just south of Byron. It began operations in 1985, after ten years of construction. The station provides a great deal of the electricity used in northern Illinois.

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