Westville, Illinois

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Westville is a village in Georgetown Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 3,175 at the 2000 census.



Westville is located on Illinois Route 1 / U.S. Route 150 about 7 miles south of Interstate 74 and the county seat of Danville.

Westville's coordinates are 40°2′36″N 87°38′17″W / 40.04333°N 87.63806°W / 40.04333; -87.63806 (40.043286, -87.637995)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land.


The town was laid out in May 1873 by William P. and Elizabeth A. West, although it started out as a station on the Danville and Southwestern Railroad, and there had been settlements in this area prior to the platting. The first known settler was Moses Scott who purchased land and built a structure in 1827. The post office was established on January 12, 1874.[3] Telephone lines were first installed in 1900, and electricity arrived in 1901.

Mining was an important industry here; there were several coal mines in the area, including the Kelly mines numbers 1 through 4, and mines operated by the Bunsen, Peabody, and Dering coal companies.

On September 21, 1928, Westville High School held the first high school night football game in the United States.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,175 people, 1,420 households, and 903 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,990.6 people per square mile (766.2/km²). There were 1,537 housing units at an average density of 963.6/sq mi (370.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.86% White, 0.41% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

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