Vermilion County, Illinois

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Vermilion County is a county located in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Illinois, between the Indiana border and Champaign County. It was established in 1826 and was the 45th Illinois county to be formed; the last of the 102 counties was formed in 1859. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois, Metropolitan Statistical Area' which encompasses all of Vermilion County.

The county's population was 83,919 in the year 2000;[1] the 2009 estimate was 80,067.[2] It contains twenty-one incorporated settlements; the county seat is the largest city, Danville.[3]

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History

Vermilion County is named after the Vermilion River, which passes through the county and empties into the Wabash River in Indiana near Cayuga; the river was so named because of the color of the earth along its route.[4][5]

The area which became Vermilion County was under the flag of France from 1682 to 1763, as part of New France. It was owned by Great Britain for fifteen years after the French and Indian War; it then became part of the colonies after the Revolutionary War when the area was ceded to Virginia and was known as "the Illinois County of Virginia". Later it was part of the Indiana Territory, then the Illinois Territory, and finally the state of Illinois.[6] The county was officially created on January 18, 1826 from a portion of Edgar County. There was an unorganized territory to the north and west which was attached to the county; Champaign and Iroquois counties were formed from part of this territory in 1833. The remainder was used to create Ford County in 1859; this was the last county to be formed in the state.

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