New Athens, Illinois

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New Athens is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. Based upon common usage, the 'A' is always sounded with a long vowel, rather than a short vowel, by its residents, unlike the most commonly used English pronunciation of the city in Greece.

The population was 1,981 at the 2000 census. New Athens sits on the Kaskaskia River and was originally called Athens. The village was laid out in 1836 and later incorporated in 1866. The name change to New Athens came in 1868 after it was discovered there was already an Athens in another part of the state.

The area is known for the water sports recreation, including annual boat races and fishing derby. It is also the home of the Peabody River King Conservation Area. The Village is the home of New Athens Community Unit School District #60 (NACUSD 60) - New Athens Township High School Yellow Jackets. The school website, provides additional resources and references.

Since New Athens is in the Metro East area of St. Louis, it also has a place in the local brewery history. At one point New Athens was home to Mound City Brewery until the 1950s. Baseball is a big sport in the area and the village has produced a number of athletes that have played professionally. One of the favorite sons is Whitey Herzog, a former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. Other former major leaguers with New Athens ties include Larry Stahl, Mickey Haefner, Warren Hacker, and Rich Hacker.

New Athens had a remarkable basketball team in 2008-2009, coached by Marc Derwort and Josh Wemhoener, the team went 19-8, the best record in ages. The team was lead by seniors Ben Junge, Ryan White, and Brian Meketa. The rest of the team consisted of Vince Kiefer, Tyler Womack, Cody Gaubatz, Adam Ingles, Chris Weber, Brandon Hoffman, and Zach Bickel. The team won consolation at Marissa tournament, 2nd at Sesser-Valier tournament, and 2nd at Chester tournament. They ended their season in a tough loss in the regionals to Trico. They were 2nd in the Cahokia Conference right behind Lebanon.

New Athens is home to a Roman Catholic church which is named St. Agatha's.



New Athens is located at 38°19′22″N 89°52′29″W / 38.32278°N 89.87472°W / 38.32278; -89.87472 (38.322660, -89.874811).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (5.98%) is water.

Famous people

Whitey Herzog (St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals Manager) Richard Hacker (Coach for St. Louis and Toronto) Edwin L. Cockrell Sr. (Silver Medalist, Paralympics Athens, Greece)

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