Fithian, Illinois

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Fithian is a village in Oakwood Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 506 at the 2000 census.[3]



The town was named after Dr. William Fithian, who donated some of the land for the community; he came to Danville in 1830 and had a farm just a mile west of the site of the town of Fithian. He was a friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln, who was reputed to have stayed at the farm often in the mid-19th century, as he traveled on his circuit prior to his presidency. Fithian served terms in the Illinois House and Senate. The town of Fithian was a center for trading livestock and grain; it thrived when the Illinois Traction System (an interurban railroad) went through in 1903, and declined along with the ITS, especially during the Great Depression.[4]


Fithian is located at 40°6′52″N 87°52′31″W / 40.11444°N 87.87528°W / 40.11444; -87.87528 (40.1143998, -87.8751400).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2), all of it land.


As of the 2000 Census,[3] there were 506 people, 201 households and 147 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,308.9 inhabitants per square mile (505.4 /km2). There were 205 housing units at an average density of 530.3 per square mile (204.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.41% White, 0.20% African American and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

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