Jerseyville, Illinois

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Jerseyville is a city in Jersey County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,984 at the 2000 census, and the population was 8,373 in the 2008 official US Census estimate. It is the county seat of Jersey County[1], and is also the largest city in the county. The city's current mayor is Yvonne Hartmann.

Jerseyville is a part of Southern Illinois, the Metro-East region, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Jerseyville is located at 39°7′15″N 90°19′39″W / 39.12083°N 90.3275°W / 39.12083; -90.3275 (39.120789, -90.327545).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²). None of it is covered by water.

History

In 1827, James Faulkner, a Pennsylvania native, and his family built a small framed structure that was named the "Little Red House," in the area that is now known as Jerseyville. The "Little Red House" served as the first stagecoach station, first tavern, first school, and first bank in the immediate area. By 1834, the small settlement that grew up around Faulkner’s home, then known as Hickory Grove by its residents, was surveyed and platted by two immigrants from New Jersey, John Lott and Edward M. Daly. Lott and Daly’s involvement marked the beginning of a proportionally large number of merchants, businessmen and settlers from New Jersey. A meeting was called in that same year at the "Little Red House" to vote for a town name, so a post office could be established. The name of Jerseyville was chosen to honor the native state of many of its inhabitants.[3]

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