Carterville, Illinois

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Carterville is a city in Williamson County, Illinois, in the United States, and is geographically situated between Carbondale, Illinois and Marion, Illinois. The city is located next to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge's 44,000 acres (180 km2) of land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna [1]. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 4,616. Carterville's long serving Mayor is Bill Mausey (R) [2]. The city is part of the Metro Lakeland area.

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History

Carterville was founded by George M. McNeill and Laban Carter. Mr. McNeill married Olive Herrin of Herrin Prairie and, in 1866, they settled on the farm that is now known as Carterville. The Co-founder, Mr. Laban Carter, came to Williamson County in 1864, and purchased 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land and helped organize and secure a post office for Carterville in 1871. Later the town was named in Mr. Carter's honor [3]. McNeill was one of the youngest members of the Union army during the American Civil War. He enlisted at 16 and was with General Sherman during his March to the Sea[4].

Education

Carterville is home to John A. Logan College, named for the local American Civil War hero and politician John A. Logan. A college of approximately 8,000 students, John A. Logan College has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine as the nation's fifth best community college and in 2004 was recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation [5].

The Carterville Unit 5 Schools' athletic programs have been successful in the past, winning the IHSA State Conference Championship in Class 3A football in 1996 and in Class 2A softball in 2008. [6].

Football

Beginning in 1995, Carterville High School has reached the IHSA playoffs for 15 straight seasons. This span includes four quarterfinals appearances (2000,2004,2005,2007) and one state title in 1996. Carterville boasts an overall record of 137-27 during that span.

In August 2008, Carterville unveiled a new outdoor athletic complex. The addition includes a football field with an artificial playing surface that sports a large "C" at midfield and also includes an all-weather track, enabling the school to host track meets for the first time in many years.

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