Crawford County, Illinois

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Crawford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 20,452. Its county seat is Robinson[1].

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,155.1 km2), of which 444 square miles (1,150.0 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.49%) is water. Some of the county's eastern border is defined by the Wabash River.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

History

Crawford County was formed in 1816 out of Edwards County. At the time of its formation, it encompassed about one third of the State, but it was reduced to its present borders by 1831 as it spawned new counties. It was named in honor of William H. Crawford, from Georgia, who was serving as Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury at the time. Crawford County was home to several battles between the settlers and Indians, and also the location of the only woman ever hanged in Illinois.

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