Oglesby, Illinois

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Oglesby is a city in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,647 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Oglesby Lincoln, Oglesby Washington, Holy Family, and Illinois Valley Community College are located in Oglesby.


Oglesby is located at 41°17′48″N 89°3′58″W / 41.29667°N 89.06611°W / 41.29667; -89.06611 (41.296762, -89.066074).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all of it land.

Oglesby is located near the confluence of the Illinois River and the north-flowing Vermilion River. It was originally called "Portland", due to the cement mined and manufactured in the area that was similar to Portland Cement from England. It was renamed in honor of Richard Oglesby, a former Governor of Illinois.[citation needed]

The surface ground layers around Oglesby has excellent exposed limestone and coal, as well as riverine transport. It soon became an important center for cement manufacture. The term "Portland cement" refers to the cement developed in England; that made in early Oglesby was almost identical.[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,647 people, 1,583 households, and 1,016 families residing in the city. The population density was 911.6 people per square mile (352.0/km²). There were 1,701 housing units at an average density of 425.2/sq mi (164.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.11% White, 0.44% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.82% of the population.

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