Geneseo, Illinois

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Geneseo is a city in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,480 at the 2000 census.


Notable attractions

Geneseo is known for its Victorian style homes and its "Rockwellian quaintness." It is often compared to the Andy Griffith Show and its town, Mayberry R.F.D.

During the month of December, Geneseo hosts an annual "Christmas Walk." Until 2008 the annual "Christmas Walk" was known as the "Victorian Walk."[1] Downtown businesses offer in store hospitality and feature live window displays depicting holiday traditions from different decades, 2008 will feature the 1940s.

This town is also home to the famous gun manufacturing company, Springfield Armory, Inc. which is located on Main Street. It employs many of the town's citizens and is a vital part of the economy. Springfield Armory, Inc. is currently operated by the Reese family.

For recreation, just north of Geneseo,IL runs the historic 104.5 mile Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park spreading through five counties.[2]


The city government is organized under an Aldermanic form. The Mayor is elected at large for a two year term. The Mayor (Linda Van Der Leest) serves as Chief Executive Officer and also Presiding Officer over the City Council of Geneseo. The City Council consists of eight aldermen representing four individual wards. (Ward 1, Edward Deener and Lowell Ewert - Ward 2, Arnie Schmid and Robert Wachtel - Ward 3, Keith Kennett and Karen West - Ward 4, Joshua Pierce and Curt Spensley)


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 6,480 people, 2,707 households, and 1,810 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,607.0 people per square mile (620.8/km²). There were 2,854 housing units at an average density of 707.8/sq mi (273.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.56% White, 0.19% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

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