Prophetstown, Illinois

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Prophetstown is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,023 at the 2000 census.



Prophetstown is located at 41°40′14″N 89°56′9″W / 41.67056°N 89.93583°W / 41.67056; -89.93583 (41.670504, -89.935869)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.45%) is water.


Prophetstown was named for Wabokieshiek (White Cloud), the prophet who lived upon the land. Wabokieshiek served as an advisor to Black Hawk and took part in the Black Hawk War. Wabokieshiek and his followers, the Sauk Indians, resided where the current Prophetstown State Park (of Illinois) is now located. They left the land in 1832 as the Black Hawk War ended, when Wabokieshiek was taken captive by the United States. This area is now a state park, but at one time it held a community of 14 villages.

Prophetstown once held community events such as Cruise Night and showcased many classic cars. Eventually that event faded and Eclipse Park was replaced with a memorial to honor those who served in the Armed Forces. Prophetstown is still held in high esteem for having one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the area. Prophetstown also hosts a Lighted Christmas Parade as the highlight of the start of the holiday season the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Prophetstown is an Illinois Main Street Community. The downtown features a series of historical murals and Eclipse Square Park as well as an interesting selection of stores and dining possibilities.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,023 people, 809 households, and 533 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,484.5 people per square mile (574.3/km²). There were 865 housing units at an average density of 634.7/sq mi (245.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.92% White, 0.89% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

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