Danvers, Illinois

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Danvers is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,183 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Danvers is located at 40°31′44″N 89°10′37″W / 40.52889°N 89.17694°W / 40.52889; -89.17694 (40.528890, -89.176820)[1].

Danvers Elementary school is 817 feet above sea level.[2] However, as of Spring 2009, the school is being rebuilt near the original site.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.

Danvers is west of Bloomington, Illinois.

History

Origin

Danvers was laid out under the name of Concord on 20 February 1836 by Israel W. Hall (5 February 1799 - 3 January 1865) and Matthew Robb (15 July 1801 – 24 February 1870). The name Concord was given to the town by Hall after Concord, Massachusetts. A rival Town Wilkesborough, just over a mile to the east, was laid out by James O. Barnard on 3 June of the same year. Wilkesborough had 96 lots and a public square.[3] Both towns were part of the great town founding surge in Illinois that peaked in 1836. Between 1835 and 1837 eight new towns and many additions were laid out in McLean County. At this time it was fairly common for two towns to be founded close to each other as they competed for the same locational advantage. In this case both towns were on the stage route from Bloomington to Peoria and Pekin. For a several years it was unclear they which town would be successful. Wilkesborough did quite well and by 1859 had 15 heads of family, but Concord had three times that number. Eventually it became clear that Concord would was the more successful place, but the people of Concord had to go to Wilkesborough to get their mail. By the late 1870s Wilksborough had completely vanished.[4]

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