Du Quoin, Illinois

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Du Quoin is a city in Perry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,448 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Du Quoin is located at 38°0′25″N 89°14′6″W / 38.00694°N 89.235°W / 38.00694; -89.235 (38.006815, -89.234885).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.9 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.01%) is water.

History

DuQuoin was named after Chief Jean Baptiste Ducoigne of the Kaskaskia, an Illiniwek people, who were defeated by the Shawnee near here in 1802.

In the early 19th century, Du Quoin was near the Lusk's Ferry Road, an important, early road that connected Kaskaskia with Lusk's Ferry on the Ohio River. The road ran easterly out of Steeleville to a point southwest of DuQuoin. There it turned to the southeast to cross the Big Muddy River and head for Lusk's Ferry.

Actress Billie Hayes was born here in 1932. She is best known to audiences for her role as Witchiepoo in Sid and Marty Krofft's H.R. Pufnstuf. Rapper/R&B singer Luchie Porter (Luch Dogg) is from here, known for his talents in both singing and rapping.

The area east of Du Quoin is known as "Old Du Quoin." The actual City of Du Quoin was founded in 1853 as the people of what is now Old Du Quoin moved the town west to avail themselves of the Illinois Central Railroad lines that were being laid. The city government is a commission form of government with a mayor and four commissioners. Du Quoin is the largest community in Perry County.

Sports

DuQuoin is the former home of the Hambletonian (from 1957 to 1980), and was the home of the World Trotting Derby from 1981 to 2009, two of the world's largest harness races. The DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack is located on the grounds; the dirt track hosts several events on several national tours.

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