Hudson, Illinois

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Hudson is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,510 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Hudson is located at 40°36′21″N 88°59′14″W / 40.605723°N 88.987117°W / 40.605723; -88.987117.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


Origin and naming

Hudson, Illinois was laid out by Horatio Petit on 13 August 1836. It was one of eight towns founded in McLean County during the great real estate boom that swept through central Illinois between 1835 to 1837.[2] It also shares the distinction of being one of two "colonial" settlements in the county; the other was the Rhode Island colony in the southwestern part of the county. Traditional Sources say that the town was for the town of Hudson, New York in Columbia County which, so it was said, was the home of its early settlers.[3] However, in her Book on the Hudson, Ruth Biting Hamm has pointed out that, while some settlers were from Queens County, New York, none came from near the town of Hudson. She suggests that it is more likely town was simply named for the Hudson River.[4]

The Illinois Land Association

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