Cooksville, Illinois

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Cooksville is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. The population was 213 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Cooksville is located at 40°32′32″N 88°42′59″W / 40.54222°N 88.71639°W / 40.54222; -88.71639 (40.542278, -88.716274)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


Founding of Cooksville

Cooksville was laid out under the name Kochsville on 4 December 1882 by Frederick Wilhelm Koch (4 September 1829 – 4 May 1900). [2] Within a year of its founding the name was changed to Cooksville. Koch was a Bloomington Real estate dealer. [3] He was born in Westphalia, in what is now Germany, and arrived in the United States on 6 November 1854. Koch was in Bloomington by 1860. He sold thirty or forty lots near his home in west Bloomington, and this neighborhood soon became known as Kochsville, giving Koch the honor of having two McLean County places named in his honor. [4] The town of Kochsville was founded when the Clinton, Bloomington and Northeastern Railroad was finished from Colfax to Bloomington; in 1880 the part of the railroad from Kankakee to Colfax had been finished, resulting in the 1880 founding of Cropsey, Anchor, and Colfax; but the remainder of the railroad was delayed for two years. The railroad was soon taken over by the Illinois Central and was sometimes known as the Bloomer Line.

Design and Growth of Cooksville

Cooksville was incorporated in December 1901. The population of the town peaked in 1910 with 332 people. The design of the original Town of Cooksville was a rectangle north of the tracks with the southern blocks slightly truncated because the railroad did not run exactly east and west. The Original Town contained about fifty-five lots. The depot was on the north side of the tracks and the two early elevators on the south side. Soon small additions were laid out south of the tracks and on the east side of the Original Town. [5] In 1883 William G. Darnell established the first grain elevator in Cooksville. [6] Harvey W. Crumbacker also moved to the town in 1883. He established a hardware store and in 1902 built a two story brick building in the town. [7]

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