Tuscola, Illinois

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Tuscola is a city in Douglas County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,448 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Douglas County[1].



Tuscola is located at 39°47′52″N 88°16′54″W / 39.797682°N 88.281564°W / 39.797682; -88.281564 (39.797682, -88.281564).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2) of it is land and 0.47% is water.


The founding Supervisor of Tuscola township was O. C. Hackett, elected in 1868. Hackett was elected Supervisor with a majority of only one vote over W. B. Ervin.[3] O. C. Hackett was the grandson of noted Kentucky frontiersman and Boonsborough resident Peter Hackett. O. C. planted Hackett's Grove, a sassafras grove situated on Section 31, Township 16, Range 9, on the east side of the township. This 20-acre (81,000 m2) grove is traversed by a branch of Scattering Fork of the Embarrass River, long known as Hackett's Run, and according to the History of Douglas County (1884), the grove had been owned by the Hacketts since long before Douglas County had an existence.[4] O.C. Hackett's father, John Hackett, settled in nearby Coles County in 1835.[5] Family legend holds that Abraham Lincoln stayed at the Hackett farm during the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 4,448 people, 1,885 households, and 1,261 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,084.9 people per square mile (806.3/km2). There were 2,000 housing units at an average density of 937.5/sq mi (362.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.11% White, 0.31% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

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