Neponset, Illinois

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Neponset is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 519 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Neponset has one gas station that was built within the last decade. The residents are very pleased with this since they no longer need to go to the nearby town of Kewanee for gas and items of convenience. It should be noted, however, that this is a major portion of the Business District. As of October 30, 2010 the gas station was closed and residents once again have to travel to Kewanee for fuel and food needs. Also this is the headquarters for Martin Engineering, Lindbeck Auto Sales and Mike's Barbershop (Mike has been cutting hair for over sixty years and has never raised the price of his cuts which is $1.75).[citation needed]


Neponset is located at 41°17′50″N 89°47′25″W / 41.29722°N 89.79028°W / 41.29722; -89.79028 (41.297222, -89.790246)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

The community was established in 1855 when the newly completed Central Military Tract Railroad (later renamed the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad)built a station there. Soon afterward, the U.S. Post Office was moved to Neponset from Brawby, a hamlet formerly located two miles north of the present village. The Village of Neponset as a municapality, dates from 1864 when a charter of incorporation was granted by the Illinois General Assembly.

Neponset was named for the Massachusetts hometown of Myron Lee, the railroad's first agent at the Neponset station.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 519 people, 200 households, and 146 families residing in the village. The population density was 498.0 people per square mile (192.7/km²). There were 222 housing units at an average density of 213.0/sq mi (82.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.47% White, 0.00% African American, 0.63% Asian, and 0.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.00% of the population.

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