Avon, Illinois

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Avon is a village in Fulton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 915 at the 2000 census[1].

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Geography

Avon is located at 40°39′44″N 90°26′8″W / 40.66222°N 90.43556°W / 40.66222; -90.43556 (40.662254, -90.435485).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

History

Ira Woods and his family settled in Avon in 1835. Avon was named Woodsville from 1837 to 1843. In 1843, the town became big enough to ask for a post office. The name was then changed to Woodstock. Then on April 4, 1852 the postmaster gave the town the name of Avon to avoid confusion. It is speculated Avon got its name from Stratford-upon-Avon in England but this has been unconfirmed. Avon was once a thriving town, due in part to the railroad industry, by serving as a method of transporting cattle to the slaughterhouses in Chicago and also as a stop between Chicago and Quincy.

Notable natives and residents

  • Ken Carpenter, the late radio and TV announcer
  • Philip McKinley, Broadway director

Ryan Kimler (Pizza Guy)

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 915 people, 375 households, and 260 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,065.3 people per square mile (802.9/km²). There were 403 housing units at an average density of 909.6/sq mi (353.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.80% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

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