Cass County, Illinois

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Cass County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 13,695. Its county seat is Virginia, Illinois[1]. It is the home of the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area.



Cass County was formed in 1837 out of Morgan County. It was named in honor of Lewis Cass, a general in the War of 1812, Governor of the Michigan Territory, and United States Secretary of State in 1860. Cass was serving as Andrew Jackson's Secretary of War just before the County was named.

Cass County at the time of its creation.

In 1845 the county's border was adjusted southward, enlarging it to its current size.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (994.6 km2), of which 376 square miles (973.8 km2) is land and 8 square miles (20.7 km2) (2.04%) is water.

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