Randolph County, Illinois

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Randolph County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 33,893. Its county seat is Chester.[1]

Owing to its role in the state's history, the county motto is "Where Illinois Began."



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 597 square miles (1,547 km²), of which 578 square miles (1,498 km²) is land and 19 square miles (49 km²) (3.15%) is water.

The Kaskaskia River flows into the Mississippi River in Randolph County. At this point the Mississippi, which usually defines the border between Illinois and Missouri, is entirely in Illinois. The Mississippi changed its course in the late-nineteenth century, leaving Kaskaskia, the former state capitol, on the west side of the River. The boundary of the State, however, follows the old course of the River, leaving Illinois with an enclave on the western shore of the Mississippi River.

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