Herrin, Illinois

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Herrin is a city in Williamson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,835 at the 2006 census. It is home to Country Music star David Lee Murphy, the hometown of baseball's Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman, and the hometown of San Diego State University men's basketball coach Steve Fisher, as well as Medal of Honor recipient Joseph William Ozbourn. The city is part of the Metro Lakeland area. ==Geography== Herrin is located at 37°48′9″N 89°1′41″W / 37.8025°N 89.02806°W / 37.8025; -89.02806 (37.802412, -89.028093)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (2.03%) is water.

Herrin is just south, of Chittyville, which has occasioned many puns amongst the local population.

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History

In the early 19th century, Herrin was on the Lusk's Ferry Road, an important, early road that connected Fort Kaskaskia with Lusk's Ferry on the Ohio River. The original survey maps of Illinois show the old road running from Royalton into Herrin close to the line of modern Illinois Route 148, running due south through the middle of town. The town was established on April 17, 1900. Herrin was the site of the 1922 Herrin massacre, during which two union miners and 19 strike-breakers were killed.

Herrin also had a recreational park, White City Park. It had a salt water swimming pool, rides and a theater. It also had the big bands play at the time, The Dorsey Brothers and Frank Sinatra played bocce ball and performed there. White City Park opened on Memorial Day in 1924 with 5000 in attendance. President Harry S Truman came to Herrin in September 1948. Three future presidents came to Herrin, Richard Nixon, John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. But Kennedy and Nixon came to the Herrin-Marion airport in 1960. Gerald Ford came to the Herrin-Marion airport in the 70's.

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