Royalton, Illinois

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Royalton is a village in Franklin County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,130 at the 2000 census.



Royalton is located at 37°52′49″N 89°6′49″W / 37.88028°N 89.11361°W / 37.88028; -89.11361 (37.880196, -89.113509)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), all of it land.


According to the original surveys of Illinois, in the early 19th century, the Lusk's Ferry Road ran through the middle of what is now Royalton, heading on a diagonal line toward the southeast. The Lusk's Ferry Road was an important, early road connecting Fort Kaskaskia with Lusk's Ferry on the Ohio River. No trace of this road remains near Royalton. It is not clear whether the road figured in the early history of the town, or if it was long forgotten before Royalton came into existence.

On October 22, 1914, an explosion in the North Mine of the Franklin Coal & Coke Company killed 51 miners. This was the worst mine disaster to date in the coal fields of southern Illinois.[2]

See also "Royalton History".


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,130 people, 516 households, and 314 families residing in the village. The population density was 999.2 people per square mile (386.1/km²). There were 577 housing units at an average density of 510.2/sq mi (197.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.65% White, 0.09% Native American, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

There were 516 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.81.

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